Kongo watched his first professional bicycle race today, the Amgen Tour of California. This was stage three of an 8-stage race all over the state. Fortunately, the path of this race passed just a few blocks from Kongo’s home.
So early this May Day morning the monkey packs up his gear and heads out on a short road trip to Ojai (pronounced OH-hi). It was a nice drive with the top down under a clement sun, passing through fecund valleys with jasmine in the air. It was the kind of day you wanted to get poetic about. Very bucolic.
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).