The monkey continues his early education with a trip to a farm amongst a bunch of new farm workers AKA the first grade class of his #2 grand girl. This trip was designed to reinforce classroom studies about botany and agriculture — like where does all that stuff in the grocery store come from anyway?
Taking a break from all his ongoing remodeling projects, Kongo recently helped chaperone a couple of local field trips with the grand girls. Monkeys LOVE field trips, especially when they get to go with grand daughters. (Kongo sits atop #1 granddaughter’s close friend on the field trip)
El Matador Beach in Malibu is one of Southern California’s secret spots. Located just north of famous Zuma Beach, the much smaller and more secluded El Matador State Beach attracts visitors with cosy coves, caves, fantastic rock shapes and sea birds.
So, where to begin? Since the monkey last checked in the Kongo clan relocated from the Florida coast to Southern California and now reside in lovely Newbury Park, about an hour from LAX and about five miles due north of Malibu’s beaches. The newest abode is nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountains and backs up to open space (think coyotes and mountain lions).
Lots of cities have parks. Probably most cities. There are parks and then there is Park Güell in Barcelona. It is more wonderland than park and this is where the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’ let his imagination run wild with fantastical shapes and designs that utilized his use of nature and organic structures to build a unique garden.
A few weeks ago Kongo’s sister-in-law, Toni, visited from Southern California. She had to hurry up because the treehouse in Florida is soon to be turned over to new owners and the monkeys are heading back to the West Coast themselves. Anyway, SIL came for a pleasant two weeks to help pack boxes, get well (while depositing her cold germs on the simians), and see a couple of sights that were on her bucket list.