In Search of America

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I just finished reading John Steinbeck’s (mostly) nonfiction book, Travels with Charley. I read the whole thing on bus trips to and from school, so I felt as though I might be traveling along with the pair in Rocinante, his homemade camper. I loved pretty much everything about this book – the constant presence of Charley, his quite personable and noble poodle; the vignettes of America’s sometimes-caustic, mostly-charming towns and people; the commentary on the excess of the ’60s (God, what would he think of today); and the rhythm of Steinbeck’s writing. It would be the perfect summer read, but was still a nice escape while I’m in the thick of things this semester.

I pretty much want to spend the next few months traveling around in a cute camper with my dog now. I mean, just look at this roundup of cozy RVs. Of course, if I ever undertake such a thing, I’ll be sure to study up on Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky’s tips for RV traveling. Her experiences in her Winnebago are enough to make a girl want to take to the road right now.

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Speaking of summer plan, Domenico and I spent the weekend dreaming up ideas for our own little road trip up the California coast. We’ll be starting out somewhere near LA and working our way up to San Francisco. I booked a few days at this adorable, historic hotel yesterday. May can’t get here fast enough!

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