Boston Baby Scramble

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Yesterday was just one of those days where nothing turned out the way you thought it would.  Kongo was up before the crack of dawn in Jacksonville to pack for an early flight back to the West Coast.  About 10 minutes before boarding his 45-minute flight to ATL where he had a short connection to catch the SAN flight the monkey gets a cryptic text from his youngest wondering if the monkey might be up for a quick trip to Boston.  Huh?  Today?  The Kongos knew that granddaughter number three (#1 for the youngest) was actually due yesterday but there had been no warnings and well, you know what they say about first babies being late and everything.  The original plan, hashed out laboriously (pun intended) with Mrs. Kongo, the Virginia grandparents, and the expectant parents was that the Virginia grandparents would head north when their daughter went into labor and the Kongos would book tickets to arrive a week or so later so as not to overwhelm the new parents.  That plan didn’t work out.

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Jacksonsville Waterfront

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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.

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Castillo de San Marcos

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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.

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Horse Pickers

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These two steely-eyed young women turned out to be pretty amazing at picking winners during a trip to the horse races at Del Mar.  The two grand girls are visiting for a week while  Mom and Dad are relaxing on a much-needed adult getaway so Kongo got to play.  Mrs. Kongo provided the fashion accessories.

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Chicano Park

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Nestled beneath the San Diego side of the Coronado Bridge is Chicano Park.  This is a fascinating place filled with interesting characters, dozens of intersecting lines, and some of the most magnificent street murals in the world.  The murals are the real draw to this little culture pocket a mile or so from glitzy downtown. Kongo visited it this evening with friend John. Continue reading

Amanda Island, Florida

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Kongo is in Florida for a few weeks and got up early this morning to capture the sunrise at the beach at Big Amanda Island northeast of Jacksonville.  Pam, one of Kongo’s favorite bloggers, told him about this beach over dinner in San Diego a few months ago, so the monkey was really happy to finally get a chance to see it in person.

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