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. Advertisements
Some of Kongo’s favorite cities. See more cities at Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack.
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.
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.
If you thought the Anza-Borrego desert was just a bunch of desolate scenes like the one above then you don’t know “Where the Wild Things Are.” Kongo drove out there today and he found some wild things in the middle of nowhere. Read on to see what he’s talking about!
Okay, Kongo gets that serious birders will look down their beak in a scathing fashion about the notion of going birding at the zoo. And given that Kongo is just back from touring the Galapagos Islands where the birds were everywhere in the wild he admits that it is a bit of a let down to go to the zoo now although the San Diego Zoo happens to be one of Kongo’s favorite places and where else can you get a close up of a Hyacinth Macaw (above) and Metallic Starlings (read on) on the same day?