it's cool and foggy. i just came back from a ramble around the neighborhood. my last, since tomorrow bright and early i head for home. going to take the long way home down hwy 1 because i want to see the condors and turkey vultures (equally impressive in my books) soaring high on the thermal updrafts all along that 70 mile stretch of big sur coastline. have binoculars will travel!
toodling along the edge of the continent with the windows rolled down ain't bad either! a sunday drive and a good end to my trip.
some more pacific grove neighborhood shots. lots of the houses have little heritage society plaques with the name of the original owner and date it was built. the cottage i'm in is on a property with 2 other cottages. its most famous owner back in 1941 was john steinbeck. true story.
as soon as i saw it on vrbo when i started hunting for a place in pacific grove some months back i knew it was the place for me. after reading cannery row & sweet thursday many moons ago i made my first trek to pacific grove/monterey. the atmosphere of the place had a big impact on me. i always like to come through salinas on my way out to this peninsula. i passed an old white farm laborer bus on hwy 68 and thought of the grapes of wrath. and of course on this trip i read steinbeck's letters. if you're a fan you will LOVE his book of letters. it was here at the cottage. a rabbit hole i leaped down without giving it a second thought. maybe we who keep journals and records are especially moved by history and events – the people who've gone before us. it keeps us hungry for more. we want to know things. i wonder if you're like that too. i bet you are.
anyway, on this trip i learned (via the letters) of steinbeck's good friend, ed ricketts – doc from cannery row was based on E.R. i want to know more about their trip to the sea of cortez. i want to know more about ed and his salons at his lab on cannery row where men like joseph campbell, henry miller, and john cage would gather and drink and talk and toss around big ideas. i bought THIS book and can't wait for it to arrive. sigh.
the sun decided to make an appearance after all. i went along with it because it has been nice to read in the sun and seal watch. study flight patterns of the brown pelicans. nose around in tide pools. things like that.
i've been getting a lot of questions lately about where i find my rentals. so in the interest of answering everyone at the same time… i usually start with VRBO and branch out from there. airbnb charges an additional fee so i only use them as a last resort. it's great fun to search for interesting places to rent. nothing more is required other than your persistence and willingness to conduct a little research. but oh what fun research it is! this place has been lovely. no one else has been in the other cottages otherwise i may have reached a different conclusion. privacy is important to me and i suspect it would be compromised if a family or loud couple rented the place next door.
wanna know what this historic house in roma texas, john steinbeck, and yours truly all have in common? if this post weren't reaching a war-and-peace length i'd let you know right now. but no can do. i have a book to read and a memory foam bed calling my name!