Mission Santa Barbara

Recent mudslides in Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, closed Highway 101 for nearly two weeks.  Kongo tried to visit the old mission there earlier but couldn’t get through.  You literally couldn’t get to Santa Barbara from LA unless you took the train, rode a boat from Ventura, or drove about four hours through the mountains.  Even now there is a lot of construction along the freeway causing large traffic backups. Anyway, the monkey made it yesterday and he was glad he did.  Those guys at CalTrans do a great job! Mission Santa Barbara was the tenth mission built by…

Santa Ysabel Asistencia

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.

Mission Monkey

Today Kongo visits the first of the Franciscan California missions, the Mission San Diego de Alcalá in Mission Valley, San Diego.  The mission is still an active church with regular masses scheduled on weekends.  Kongo waited almost an hour before entering the sanctuary to take pictures because a hearty couple was celebrating 50 years together with a full mass.  It wasn’t a loss though.  Kongo was free to roam the rest of the grounds and had a nice chat with a man named Rick from Prescott, Arizona visiting San Diego with his family.