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National Steinbeck Center

Steinbeck's Childhood Home


Only absolute item on the agenda for today was the National Steinbeck Center in downtown Salinas so it was only a few minutes drive. Since it only opened at 10 had a rather leisurely start to the day. Slept in until 8, had breakfast, then researched some tours for Bonnie and I at Lake Powell. Arrived at the museum around 10:30. There weren’t a lot of artifacts (although the truck he used in “Travels w/ Charley” was there) but rather displays built around his most popular books w/ lots of quotes and video clips from the books that had been made into movies. I’ve read a few of his books, Tortilla Flats, Of Mice and Men, Cannery Row, Travels w/ Charley but the visit inspired me to plan on picking up some of his other works, perhaps Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden which I’ve avoided in the past due to their length. Quite a pleasant visit. I finished up around 2:30 although I had talked to Bonnie for about 30 minutes then duck out for lunch a bit later. Next I walked down the couple of blocks to the house where Steinbeck was born and grew up so it was around 3 by the time I got back.

Had considered going to the Carmel Mission but wasn’t looking forward to the 40 minute drive and since it closed at 5 I wouldn’t have had a lot of time there. Opted for a movie instead at a theater across from the Steinbeck Center. Saw Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9”. Back at the hotel by 6.

Steps 7539/456326 Bike 0/68.1

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