So, the monkey took off to Florida for Spring Break because, why not? Everyone else goes to Florida at this time of year. Actually it really was Spring Break for #3 Granddaughter and her academic parents so Mr. and Mrs. Kongo jetted across the country to Tampa to spend a week in the Florida sun. Or not. For the first few days the monkeys actually froze their little tutus off. We huddled around a fire, bundled up in sweaters, and wondered why the weather was colder here than home in L.A. Then it warmed up for the full range of…
Kingsley Plantation, located at the end of a long dirt road on the remote Fort George Island northeast of Jacksonville, Florida provides an intriguing look into the history of the First Coast. It wasn’t always as pretty as it is today and as much as modern society deplores slavery and the wretched injustices it imposed on millions of people, it turns out nothing in history is as simple as it might seem.
So the monkey has been away for awhile. It’s nothing serious (or maybe it is). There’s been way too much business travel for the past few months and the Kongos are now in the midst of looking for a new treehouse in a jungle far, far away. At least far away from America’s Finest City. All the way across the continent to what locals call the “First Coast.” Kongo is moving to Florida. Loyal followers will recall that the monkey regularly commutes to Florida on business. Regular means just about every week. He’s been shuttling between the East and West…
The Spanish tall ship, El Galeón, docked in downtown Jacksonville today as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by Spanish explorers. The exact replica of a 16th century sailing galleon navigated the St. John’s River and pulled up in front of the Hyatt Hotel.
After some heavy showers, the monkey caught this image from his French balcony at his hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. The blue bridge is the historic Main Street Bridge that spans the St. John’s River. The hardest part of taking this photo was that the camera kept fogging up. See more nighttime challenge entries at the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
The waterfront in Jacksonville, Florida is a beautiful on a Sunday morning without thunderstorms. Kongo has visited this area twice before and was chased underneath bridges because of nearby lightening bolts and thundering rain. Not yesterday. Finally a clear day.
Today Kongo visits the historic Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida. This massive fortress was built by the Spanish in 1672 as an outpost to protect their empire in the New World and protect the town of St. Augustine, which they founded in 1565.