National Steinbeck Center #4 – Salinas, California

The motorhome is parked at Moose Lodge #876 in Del Rey Oaks near Monterey, California.

Mary continues to be occupied with personal business. I am now not expecting to see her again until I arrive at her home in Murphys, California about the third week in April. It’s just the way things are and we just have to deal with it.

I’m now in what I’m calling my “pacing mode”. Last October I had cataract surgery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, California. My surgeon wants me back in mid-April for a six-month post-operative eye examination. Palo Alto is only about 87 miles from my current location. So, in the meantime, I’ll “pace” my forward direction travels hoping stay in 65-75 degree temperatures all the while. My appointment is now set for April 21st.

Last Thursday while on my way to Del Rey Oaks I passed by Salinas, California. It’s the birthplace home of author John Steinbeck and the home of the National Steinbeck Center.

Anyone considering themselves a serious reader should have read at least one of Steinbeck’s books. I’ve read five…Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, Travels with Charley and one of my all-time favorites (and movie) The Grapes of Wrath where Steinbeck vividly reminds us that the “good old days” were not so good for a lot of folks.

I took a lot of photos there and since I prefer to tell my traveling stories with photos (remember a picture is worth a thousand words), I’ve decided to spread this story into five installments. Today is installment #4.

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…

























More tomorrow…

Here’s a Wikipedia link about the center…

Here’s the center’s website link…


Yesterday was sunny and 64 degrees. Forecast for today is cloudy/sunny and 62 degrees.

The red dot on the below map shows our approximate location in the State of California. 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


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…

There are more than 600 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link…

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…

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All original material Copyright – Jim Jaillet 2015

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2 thoughts on “National Steinbeck Center #4 – Salinas, California

  1. Lovely post, great to see the history of places!

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