March to the Sea

This week Kongo marched to the sea.  Literally.  From his house to the ocean is an 8-mile trek through Point Mugu State Park in the Santa Monica mountains.  Now maybe “march to the sea” is a too exuberant an expression.  This isn’t much like General Sherman’s historic March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah during the Civil War.  This hike is almost exclusively downhill, which is pretty cool for old monkeys.  It’s still a good hike and not nearly as destructive or controversial as the burning of a 60-mile wide swath through the heart of Georgia. The route passes…

Safari Park Birds

A rare Pink Backed Pelican opens wide at San Diego’s Safari Park, part of the world famous San Diego Zoo.  Faithful readers of Kongo’s blog will recall that the monkey has an affinity for waterfowl of all types and there were some great birds to see yesterday at the Safari Park.

Just Another Monkey?

So as Kongo heads out the door to the zoo to visit the animals in the late afternoon light Mrs. Kongo says, “You just keep taking the same pictures of the same old monkeys.  Pretty soon they’ll be saying, ‘Hey, Kongo, where have you been?”  The same old monkeys?  This was lost on Kongo who then became determined to avoid his favorite spots on the Monkey Trail.  Coming up from Fern Canyon he did spy this old gal but (for the information of Mrs. Kongo!) this is NOT A MONKEY.  It’s a orangatan.  He did see some other cool animals…

Monkey at the Fair

Kongo made his annual trek to the Del Mar Fair today.  This monkey loves the fair.  He likes the smells, the food, the exhibits, watching the people, and learning about all the things for sale that he never knew he needed before.  The fair is great entertainment all the way around and more fun than a barrel of …hmmm… Monkeys.  Keep reading to see some of Kongo’s favorite fair memories.  

Monkey Marriage

So don’t get too excited.  Kongo did not scamper off and get married in Las Vegas.  What he did was take Mrs. Kongo on a mid-week getaway to celebrate their 42 years of marital bliss in the jungle and see Celine Dion at Ceasar’s Palace.  Actually they’ve been going steady since the future Mrs. Kongo was sweet sixteen and they met in a Government Class in High School.  Anyway, they’ve been together a long time in monkey years.

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Beaches

A harbor seal enjoys the beach at La Jolla, California.  See more beaches from Ailsa’s followers at her weekly blog theme site at Where’s My Backpack.  Read on to see a few more of Kongo’s favorite beaches.

Monkeys in the Air

Early in Kongo’s blogging career he published a few posts about getting through airports and being “plane stupid” (see related articles at the end of this post).  After spending several days on the road last week flying to and from Philadelphia from the West Coast, Kongo has a few additional observations about objectionable monkey behavior when traveling.  Kongo realizes of course that cultured monkeys are supposed to pretend not to see bad behavior on the part of simian strangers and assume that they’re just having a bad day in the jungle.  But there’s something about Spring Break in the air…