Some of the things that add charm to our SJC home are the local sounds that drift in from not too far away.
There is an old train station about a mile from here and you can hear the whistle blow at all times of the day and night. It took a while to get used to, hearing the 3:45 A.M train go through, but we eventually got used to it. The San Juan Capistrano Mission, which is considered the most beautiful of all the California missions, is about a mile and a half away and you can hear the old mission bells ring on Sundays.
At the other end of town is the Dana Point Harbor, about two and a half miles away and on days like this, you can hear the fog horn sounding a warning to approaching vessels. A blanket of fog over the gardens adds a certain charm of its own, diffusing the bright light and adding a sparkling layer moisture to everything. It is quietly serene.