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Lewis and Clark and an Oregon Road Trip


Road Trip Oregon, Beacon Roack
Columbia River from Beacon Rock, one of Lewis and Clark’s stops. Photo by Daniel Liu


I will be heading north on an Oregon road trip soon, and hope to share the trip with you via photos and other information both here and on my Facebook Page and Pinterest. (look for #OregonHo!) I hope you’ll join me as I go up the center of Oregon to tour the Columbia River Gorge and then down the Pacific Coast of Oregon. Although tomorrow is Columbus Day, I hold that Merriwether Lewis and William Clark were more important explorers with greater accomplishments than Christopher Columbus. Continue reading Lewis and Clark and an Oregon Road Trip

Steinbeck and Northern California

The Great American Road Trip

Destination: Northern California (Monterey)

Book: Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Monterey Bay

In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck makes poetry of an once ordinary place, Monterey California, and makes mythological figures of working men and women. (A little trick that he specialized in). ┬áIn the introduction to Cannery Row, he asks: “How can the poem and the stink and the grating noise–the quality of light, the tone, the habit, and the dream–be set down alive?’

And comparing writing to his other passion, marine biology and the capture of sea creatures, he answers, “…open the page and let the stories crawl in by themselves.” Continue reading Steinbeck and Northern California