The tiny mission at Santa Ysabel (pronounced Isabel) was once an auxiliary mission (or Asistencia) to the first of the California missions, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. It was founded in 1818 and served the California Indian tribes of the Luiseño and Diegueño peoples. It is still active today. Continue reading “Santa Ysabel Asistencia”
Some of Kongo’s favorite cities. See more cities at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack. Continue reading Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Cities
A little boy plays peek-a-boo with an orangutan (behind glass) at the San Diego Zoo. See more split-second stories at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Continue reading Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second Story
Thousands of Waved Albatrosses came ashore in the Galapagos to mate and nest just a few weeks before Kongo came to visit earlier this month. It was very fortunate timing on the monkey’s part because he got to witness the unusual and fascinating mating rituals these birds follow during breeding season.
The “Sacred Valley” in Peru stretches from the lower foothills outside Cusco to the old Inca fortress town at Ollantaytambo and is defined by the Urubamba River, one of the headwaters of the Amazon. Kongo visited this beautiful valley in late April and lived to tell the tale. Continue reading “Peru’s Sacred Valley”