The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails South Jetty RV Resort in Florence, Oregon. I’ve been here several times before. I plan to depart from here June 5th. I’ll slow my pace and spend the rest of May and most of June along the Oregon coast. Then into the State of Washington for the summer.
Mary is dealing with her over-flowing to-do list plate which can only be handled by herself. I’m hoping she will be able to rejoin me sometime after July 4th.
Now is a good time to finish-up the photos sets from my visit to Monterey California a couple of months ago…
Recently I spent several days in Monterey…an area rich in beautiful scenery and history. A bonanza for a travel blogger! I ended up with 17 blog titles and 628 photos which I’ll finish presenting tomorrow.
Today’s subject – Steinbeck Cottage adjacent to Monterey, California…
While in Pacific Grove, I hunted down author John Steinbeck’s cottage. It looked like is was being ready to be moved…I later found out is was raised in preparation for a permanent concrete foundation.
The writer’s retreat…
John Steinbeck’s father built this small three-room cottage as a vacation home in 1903. The family spent many weekends here just a short walk from their maternal grandmother’s house on Central Avenue and few blocks from Monterey Bay.
In 1930 Steinbeck and his new bride moved into the cottage where they lived on Carol’s secretarial income and an allowance of $25 a month from his parents. Aided by his father, he built a Mexican-style fireplace, closed in the front porch and moved the entry to the side yard to make the house suitable for year round occupation. They also cultivated the garden and added a fish pond.
Here Steinbeck learned his craft on The Pastures of Heaven, To A God Unknown, In Dubious Battle, Tortilla Flat and The Red Pony. He began Of Mice and Men while still living at the cottage. According to Steinbeck, acting in a critical capacity their setter dog Toby chewed up the first manuscript. He recreated it after they moved to Los Gatos for more room and privacy in 1936.
Steinbeck returned to the house several times in the 1940s as a retreat from the increasing pressures of fame and fortune. Today it is owned by descendants of his sister Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth.
In the below Google Earth image, the yellow “X” marks the location of Steinbeck Cottage…
As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…
You can read all about Stenbeck Cottage by clicking this link… http://communityvoices.post-gazette.com/arts-entertainment-living/travels-without-charley/25898-steinbecks-cottage-by-the-sea
You can read all about Pacific Grove, California by clicking this Wikipedia link…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Grove,_California
Tomorrow we will complete the Montery, California photo sets.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.
Yesterday was cloudy with showers and 58 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy with showers and 59 degrees.
The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Oregon. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…
Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein
My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken at the Avenue of the Giants in California…
On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!
Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos
There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273?authkey=Gv1sRgCKrvzqm8-IKGdA
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