John Steinbeck’s Museum & House in Salinas

I have to admit I am a huge fan of literary history. Over the last few months, I have enjoyed adding in stops that showcase famous authors and their impact on the state we live in. I first did this by retracing some of Mark Twain’s steps in Angels Camp, California’s Gold Country. I did it again on a recent trip to Monterey where I spent time exploring Cannery Row in search of what Steinbeck wrote about in the novel of the same name. This adventure lead me to Salinas to visit the museum dedicated to his stories and to see his house. Here is all of the information so you can do the latter two yourself.

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Details

  • Cost: $12 for the museum
  • Location: 1 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901
  • House is located two blocks of walking from the museum

History

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John Steinbeck was born in 1902 at the home located only a few blocks from the center. The house is still available for tours to this day and is a working restaurant.

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The center itself was opened in 1998 to encourage the preservation and education of the works of John Steinbeck. It houses the largest collection of Steinbeck archives in the entire United States and features rotating exhibits that focus on things Steinbeck was passionate about like agriculture.

The Center

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I was on the last leg of a road trip when I rolled into the center right around 4:30 PM, only 30 minutes before it closed. Due to time constraints, I had to rush through the museum, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well done it is, and I plan to make my way back there at a later date when I have more time.

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The museum is mostly one main exhibit area which is broken into sections telling history and stories about each of his famous novels. My favorite of these is East of Eden, and there was a huge section dedicated to it that I spent the most time in. Here are some of the other famous stories that he wrote and an example of what their exhibits looked like. Honestly, if you like his stories you could easily spend a few hours here taking it all in.

Grapes of Wrath

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Of Mice and Men

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The Pearl

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Cannery Row

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Tortilla Flat

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As you are working your way through the museum, you will pass the sections dedicated to his books and learn more about his later life, including information about his Nobel Prize in literature and his life in New York City.

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The exhibit ends with the above quote which I thought was fitting for such a good author.

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Also, there is a recap of his entire life biography before you exit back into the lobby of the museum.

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The museum also had an area with a video playing about his life, but unfortunately I did not have time to watch it, and a store that sold lots of different pieces of memorabilia including his books.

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On the way out one of the workers directed me to how to get to his house, so I set out from the center to see it before I left.

John Steinbeck’s House

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After exiting the center, you will head right (away from the parking structure) and start walking down that street. After about two blocks of walking, you will see his house on the corner.

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The house is beautiful and well kept since it has historical significance and because it is a working restaurant. Unfortunately, it was closed when I went, but I walked around it and looked at the different historical plaques.

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All in all, I enjoyed my time in Salinas and look forward to when I can come back and spend more time here. I can honestly say that this is an excellent way to learn more about the famous author and California history while you are at it. Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think in the comments.

 

Northern California District Resource Advisory Council Subgroup Meeting Postponed

REDDING, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management's Northern California District Resource Advisory Council's June 23rd Video Television Conference subgroup meeting has been postponed. The subgroup meeting is being postponed to allow time for the results from the envisioning meeting to be compiled and once complete, they will be shared electronically with the council subgroup.

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Meeting Scheduled for Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan

ARCATA, Calif. – Anyone interested in public lands in Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Butte and Tehama counties has an opportunity to share with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) their values regarding these lands, in a public meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 14, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, in Arcata.

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Bacon & Barrels: An all day bacon festival in San Diego

When I first heard about the unique event in downtown San Diego called Bacon and Barrels I was immediately interested. Essentially, this event invites many of the best restaurants, pastry makers, breweries, and mixologists to one spot where the ticket buyer can try as much as they would like while at the event. I enlisted my friend Chris from LastAdventurer, and we set out to explore the festival which has been dubbed the “Coachella of bacon.” Here is all the information.

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Details

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Bacon and Barrels was located in the heart of San Diego at The Embarcadero Marina Park South, right next to the convention center. The event was out on the grass with booths lining both sides and the middle. There was a large stage at the end where they had a band playing to get you in the bacon tasting mood.

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For the next few hours we pretty much just wandered around trying all sorts of different bacon and barrel concoctions.

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They ranged from mind blowing to nothing special, but overall I was incredibly impressed with both the presentation and the taste of the dishes. Everything from bacon just by itself to deep fried sweet potato balls wrapped in bacon and injected with ranch was on display for you to taste. I went back for seconds and thirds at many of the best spots. Here are a few pictures of the food items.

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There was also a cupcake called “Notorious P.I.G” from Pure Cupcakes, which was an excellent way to combat the salty, greasy awesomeness of the rest of the dishes.

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Don’t worry vegetarians; I saw one dish that had asparagus. Sure there was bacon wrapped around it, but halfway vegetarian, right?

Not to be outdone by the food, the collection of craft breweries and cocktail makers was also a fun addition. There was whiskey infused with coffee; pina colada’s with bacon served in an ice cream cone and more craft breweries than you could count. Here are a few photos.

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Yes, that last one is a mini solo cup with a lemon wedge to show the size. How fun is that?

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After a few hours of exploring and trying lots of the different dishes, it was finally ready to say goodbye to Bacon and Barrels. I can honestly say that this is one of the best food festivals I have gone to. While there were lines, they were never more than a few minutes, and the sheer amount of options was overwhelming. For the social sharers, there was even an area dedicated to printing out you Instagram pictures when you used their hashtags.

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If you are located in San Luis Obispo, be sure to check out the event happening there in July. They had a whole booth dedicated to San Luis Obispo’s food and drinks, and I can tell you it was awesome, so I am sure the event will be as well. Let me know what you thought of this event in the comments and check out a highlights video I made on my Instagram below.

Highlights from the Bacon and Barrels Festival in San Diego. Anyone else there today? @baconandbarrels

A video posted by @californiathroughmylens on

Disclosure: Tickets to this event were provided free of charge, all opinions are my own.

Meeting Scheduled for Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan

ARCATA, Calif. – Anyone interested in public lands in Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Butte and Tehama counties has an opportunity to share with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) their values regarding these lands, in a public meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 14, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, in Arcata.

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Meeting Scheduled for Northwest California Integrated Resource Management Plan

ARCATA, Calif. – Anyone interested in public lands in Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Butte and Tehama counties has an opportunity to share with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) their values regarding these lands, in a public meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 14, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Road, in Arcata.

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BLM, Partners will host Day of Hiking and Canoeing at Cosumnes River Preserve, Sunday, May 22

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in partnership with Latino Outdoors, –San Joaquin/Central Valley Region and Sacramento Region, Northern California Consortium – Generation Green at Grant High School will be hosting a day of outdoor activities at the Cosumnes River Preserve. This event is an invitation to experience the outdoors and share cultural connections with each other. Everyone is welcome with an emphasis on Latino youth and families.
 
The event is limited to 60 participants. Participants will be divided into two groups and rotate between a 3-mile hike and canoeing the Cosumnes River with lunch being served at 11:30am. Pre-registration is required to receive the free lunch. "Join the fun and come prepared to explore and learn" said Harry McQuillen, Cosumnes River Preserve Manager.
 
Participants should come prepared wearing comfortable shoes and clothing for hiking and canoeing. Other items to remember to bring are a water bottle, plate, cup, utensils and a backpack to carry gear.
 
The schedule is as follows:
8:30am- 9:00am          Meet at the Cosumnes River Preserve Farm Center
9:00am-9:30am           Welcome Introduction and day schedule- Latino Outdoors
9:30am-11:30am         Group #1 Hike Group #2 Canoeing
11:30am-12:30pm       Lunch by the visitor center
12:30pm-2:30pm         Group #1 Canoeing Group #2 Hike
2:30pm-3:00pm           Depart 
 
For more information contact Natividad Chavez at (916) 978-4623 or http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/central_california.html
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Agencies Release Study of ‘West-Wide’ Energy Corridors

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) today released a study that provides a foundation for upcoming regional reviews of energy corridors on western public lands to assess the need for revisions and provide greater public input regarding areas that may be well suited for transmission siting.  The regional reviews will begin with priority corridors in southern California, southern Nevada and western Arizona, and provide more opportunities for collaboration with the public and Federal, Tribal, state and local governmental stakeholders.

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