Holly Patrick- Monterey California

Trip Start Sep 23, 2013
Trip End Dec 05, 2013

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Thursday, January 1, 1970

    Steinbeck, Charley and Elaine drive about 120 miles south to the Monterey Peninsula, the setting for his most famous books and now officially branded "Steinbeck country."    They stay for about two weeks near the City of Monterey in the modest  Steinbeck family cottage in the coastal town of Pacific Grove, half a block from the ocean and about a mile from Cannery Row.     Steinbeck is not happy with Cannery Row which was starting to exploit his fame as a tourist draw. The Monterey Peninsula Herald finds Steinbeck leisurely fixing the cottage gate on Nov. 3, 1960, and takes his picture.    Before he leaves the place he knows he can never call home again, Steinbeck writes in “Charley” that he went to the top of Fremont Peak to take a final look at the part of the world he made famous. His goodbye to his past is some of the book’s finest writing.
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