Kingsley Plantation

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. Advertisements

Jungle Moves or Why House Hunting is Not Fun

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…

Photo Challenge Redux: Nighttime

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.

Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge

The monkey is back in Florida this week. Kongo’s company is moving its corporate headquarters from New Jersey to Jacksonville this summer so the monkey is busy making sure a lot of details are taken care of.  When he is in Jacksonville, Kongo drives across this bridge a couple of times each day.  Since he first saw it last fall, the monkey has always admired its clean lines and harp-like structure but its name is sure a mouthful:  Napoleon Bonaparte Broward Bridge.  Napoleon Broward, by the way, was a former river boat captain, pilot, and governor of Florida, famous for…

East Coast Sunset

During August, the monkey took a well deserved break from travel and pretty much stayed close to home.  Well, those days are now in the rear view mirror.  This week Kongo spent a few days at the Marriott Sawgrass Resort and Spa in Jacksonville, FL for some monkey business meetings.  (Honest, there were no golf clubs in Kongo’s carry-on).  After enjoying several recent sunsets on the the West Coast, it was interesting to see the differences to those on the East Coast of Florida.