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             John Steinbeck's California
              Spring Retreat/ Tour
   March 04-10, 2017
                                            with humanities scholar  Clay S. Jenkinson

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 Refreshing Ocean Scenery      Tour of Ed Rickett's Lab (Doc's Lab)     Condors during Pinnacles Hike 

Day 3            Monday                March 06
Steinbeck in The Log from the Sea of Cortez, "This is a simple thing to say, but the profound feeling of it made a Jesus, a St. Augustine, a St. Francis, a Charles Darwin, and an Einstein.  Each of them in his own tempo and with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things -- plankton, a shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and the spinning planets and an expandingunivers, all bound together by the elastic string of time.  It is advisable to look from the tide pool to the stars and then back to the tide pool again."  A wonderful day for some sea adventure.  Your morning begins with another hot breakfast prepared onsite by your local chef.  Then off to either hike along the ocean front trails and enjoy some tidepools yourself at Pt. Lobos State Park, or partake in a whale watching excursion; your choice!  Early afternoon offers you time to explore on your own: the Monterey Bay Aquarium, (your ticket is included); a favaorite lunch spot; and the local shops.  Late afternoon, reunite again with tour mates at the Cottages to converse regarding Steinbeck and Rickett's passion for marine life and their adventures to the Sea of Cortez.                                                             


Day 4            Tuesday                March 07
Steinbeck on writing The Grapes of Wrath, "Throughout I've tried to make the reader participate in the acutality, what he takes from it will be scaled entirely on his own depth or hollowness.  There are 5 layers in this book; a reader will find as many as he can and he won't find more than he has in himself."  Steinbeck took serious the working conditions and experiences of the agricultural workers in the US.  Today you are bound for Earthbound Farms.  You can find their certified organic products in your local grocery store.  Learn about today's modern challenges for the organic farmer and workers, and experience the rewards of eating great nutritious produce straigt from this certified organic farm during your lunch stop there.  Off to hike the fabulous trails at Pinnacles National Park.  Perhaps you will witness huge California Condors flying over the mountain peaks, as we did on our last tour.  Dinner at famous Tarpy's is sure to delight.  Then back to your Cottage fireplace circle to end your night under the stars, talking about Steinbeck's famous Nobel Prize winning novel.

LODGING: Lighthouse Cottages          THE GRAPES OF WRATH            Meals: BLD

Day 5            Wednesday            March 08
Steinbeck in East of Eden, "I remember that the Gabilan Mountains to the east of the valley were light gay mountains full of sun and loveliness and a kind of invitation, sothat you wanted to climb into their warm foothills almost as you want to climb into the lap of a beloved mother.  They were beckoning mountains with a brown grass love.  The Santa Lucias stood up against the sky to the west and kept the valley from the open sea, and they were dark and brooding-unfriendly and dangerous.  I always found in myself a dread of the west and love of the east.  Enjoy your last chance for retreat discussions with Clay Jenkinson this morning before your van takes you climbing into the warm foothills of Steinbeck's "gay mountains".  Arrive Freemont Peak - the highest point of the Gabilan Mountains at 3455' by van.  Soon you will be enjoying a short hike, picnic lunch, fabulous views, and readings from Travels with Charley.  Wind down your great day with fine dining at Fandangos.

Lighthouse Cottages EAST OF EDEN; TVLS WITH CHARLEY Meals: BLD

Day 6            Thursday                March 09
Steinbeck about Salinas, "Strange how I keep the tone of Salinas in my head like a remembered symphony."  What better tribute to John Steinbeck than to visit the Steinbeck Center and the Steinbeck House in Salinas, CA on a Sweet Thursday. Steinbeck writes, "Sweet Thursday is what they call the day after Lousy Wednesday - one of those days that's just bad from the start."  Susan Shillinglaw, author of several books on John Steinbeck, will join you us for lunch and speak to us at the Center.  Highlights at the Center to include:  Rocinante from Travels with Charley; and special collection items brought out for your enjoyment from the Center archives:  some original manuscripts; handwritten love poems; and Steinbeck's first published article from his 1919 High School Yearbook.  On to your hotel in San Jose for your farewell dinner party and saying goodbye to new friends.

LODGING: The Plaza Suites, San Jose, CA      SWEET THURSDAYS      Meals: BLD

Day 7             Friday                   March 10
Travel day!  Complimentary transportation service will be provided for you to the San Jose International Airport for your flight home or to pick up a rental car.  Enjoy a safe journey home, or wherever your journey continues to take you!

                                                                                                             Meals: B


Tour Price & Information: March 04-10, 2017 All inclusive tour  6 nts   $2395
Your retreat/tour begins in Pacific Grove, California and ends in San Jose, California.  Your package includes ground transportation to and from the San Jose Intl. Airport, (airfare is not included).  Also included: a professional tour director; interpretations by nationally acclaimed humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson; all activities; speakers; lodging; meals (except lunch Day 3); transportation through-out your tour; musem, state and national park fees; journals; gifts; hotel baggage handling; state and local taxes; hotel and restaurant gratuities.  A $400 non-refundable deposit will secure your reservation.  Please read our Terms and Conditions enclosed.  Price is per person based on double occupancy.  Traveling SINGLE? No problem.  We can easily match you with a roommate.  Please inquire about our single supplemental fee if you would prefer a room of your own.

                                                    Tour Itinerary page one

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