Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Portland Train Day, May 2016

This past May, my family and I went to Portland Train Day, primarily for Christopher.  Here are the photos of Chris and his grandfather, plus my wife and other son Zach.








Best sign ever... even if it doesn't acknowledge the Poop Fairy's undeniable existence.



(Homeless situation in Portland - it's dire)








Wednesday, August 24, 2016

National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, CA

In honor of the passing of Thomas Steinbeck, the eldest son of John Steinbeck, I thought I'd post about my trip a few months ago to the National Steinbeck Center in (where else?) Salinas, CA.

A wall mural opposite the museum.

The very modern National Steinbeck Center...

...which is directly across from the decidedly less modern downtown Salinas.


Larger than life...


A map of central California with points of interest relevant to Steinbeck's life and works.



Most authors would give a left testicle / breast to have just one of these books to their credit.

Young John and his sister.

John's wives.

"Thanks, Mom!"

One of many exhibits.

I think I may have gone through the museum out of order, since East of Eden was one of his later works.

I once taught this book while student teaching (many years ago...), and I had to learn about "timshel" myself.

I first read Of Mice and Men in high school, and loved it.

The Grapes of Wrath, undoubtedly his most famous work.



I admit I've never read Tortilla Flat.

Route around the Sea of Cortez, for his book.

Steinbeck served in the navy in WWII.


Translated Steinbeck works.

Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

I should probably read Travels with Charley... considering this is largely a travel blog.

Steinbeck's ride.

In all my travels, I've never been recognized, either.

I recommend the National Steinbeck Center, especially if you're familiar with his works.

Down the street is John Steinbeck's birthplace.

I got there just after they closed, so I couldn't enter.

Coming up next... more day trips, and some longer trips.  Stay tuned.