Recent wildfires in Southern California burned about 100,000 acres of the Santa Monica mountains surrounding Kongo’s home west of Los Angeles. It was a scary time. Naturally Kongo was not at home when the fires started, leaving Mrs. Kongo alone with the grand daughters. (He was also away when lightening struck their home near Washington DC several years ago resulting in fireman traipsing through the attic putting out smoldering wires but that’s another story.) The phones started beeping with emergency alerts and when Mrs. Kongo got the message EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY that’s exactly what she did. She grabbed the granddaughter, her…
So this is the scene from Kongo’s backyard as CalFire airplanes attack a brush fire in the Mission Trails Regional Park. What a week! The monkey has no idea how the fire started but is happy that the ever alert forestry professionals were on top of the situation and pretty much beat this one down with an air assault.
Kongo visited Palomar Mountain yesterday, which is about an hour’s drive from his home in San Diego. The panorama above, made from three images, is a view of Lake Henshaw and the Santa Ysabel Valley taken from a scenic overlook on the way up the mountain on the eastern road approach. The small island in the lake is … Monkey Island!
Two years after a wildfire burned everything, new growth creeps up around the skeletons of dead trees. Near Mt. Laguna, San Diego County. Travel safe. Have fun.