The Weather Channel Was Right After All


As a promised follow-up to an earlier post today, it turns out there was a storm after all.  Despite the monkey’s hopeful strategy.  There were a couple of random flakes early but it started right at 10 AM in earnest, just as predicted.  And by earnest I mean blizzardy, horizontal snow accompanied by a howling wind that was just evil.  By 1130 when Kongo went out for lunch the parking lot (image below) looked pretty ugly and Kongo (above) took ten minutes to clear the windshield of snow. Continue reading “The Weather Channel Was Right After All”

What were we thinking?


Kongo leaves America’s finest city yesterday morning under crystal clear skies and warm temperatures.  Mrs.Kongo reports it was 80-something at the tree house yesterday when she came back from the gym.  But now Kongo is headed east into the jaws of yet another POLAR VORTEX on the East Coast.  What was he thinking?  The trip was not without adventure.

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Salton Sea Birds


Today Kongo embarked upon a trip around the Salton Sea to look for birds and anything else that might be there.  It’s migration season and the monkey wasn’t disappointed.  It turns out that the Salton Sea is a major layover on the Pacific Flyway for annual bird migrations and has the most diverse bird population on the West Coast with over 400 identified species throughout the year. Continue reading “Salton Sea Birds”

Museum of Man


Balboa Park’s California Building, aka The Museum of Man, is one of the most famous of all San Diego landmarks.  If you sit on the starboard side of an airplane landing at Lindberg  Field you will see it dominating the landscape in the park.  The bell tower is 200 feet high and covered in ceramic tile.  It is fashioned after the tower of the Cathedral of Morelia, Mexico.  The buildings are nearly 100 years old now, built for the Panama-California exposition held in 1915 on the occasion of the opening of the Panama Canal.  The bell tower houses a 100-bell carillon that plays every 15 minutes. Continue reading “Museum of Man”