Sunday, November 27, 2011

Big Sur, Salinas & Carmel, California

Mon & Tue, Nov 21st & 22nd

Traveling south from Carmel thru the Big sur area.

The views are so awesome.

Looking down toward the Carmel city beach.

On the city beach looking toward Pebble Beach Golf Course.

We had lunch at Clint Eastwood's Hogs Breath Inn in Carmel. It had wild boars with tusks mounted on the walls and lots of fireplaces inside, and out on the patio. Kind of neat.

We went to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, John Steinbeck's hometown. "Of Mice and Men", "East of Eden" and "Cannery Row" are rooted in this region. He was a war correspondent in WWII. His books have been published in 47 countries and made into quite a few movies. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. JFK selected him to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, but did not live to present it.

After living in Europe for quite a few years, he and his wife returned to the U.S. in 1960. He decided to take a 10,000 mile trip around the country to get back in touch with Americans. He traveled with his dog in a pickup camper on the backroads thru small towns and farm country.

This is the camper he traveled in. He called his trip "Operation Windmills" and named his camper "Rocinante" after Don Quixote's horse. I read this book shortly before we retired and I remembered that he washed his clothes by putting them in a five gallon bucket with a lid and detergent and let them agitate while he drove down the road. I have actually done this a couple of times and it works pretty good.

There were a bunch of surfers out in the surf at sunset in Carmel.

Another great view, another great day!

Do I miss work? Not at all!

Visiting John's sis for the next few weeks. Probably no more blogs till end of December.

Happy Holidays to all & to all a good night!


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