East of Eden
The Grapes of Wrath
Steinbeck's truck and camper from Travels With Charley
Salinas has a very nice Old Town. I strolled around a little taking advantage of the great weather.
That afternoon I visited two old army buddies that I had not seen in thirty-five years. It was good to sit in someone's home instead of a motel room for an afternoon. We had his daughter take the obligatory photo of the three of us. They were married while stationed in Germany shortly after my wife and I were married. We still look just like we did then!
By the way, this is the infamous motel in Salinas where I have stayed the last few days.
It really doesn't look that bad during daylight hours. At night it is a different story. Yesterday morning I was awoke by screaming in the parking lot outside my room. I still have no idea what was going on or even what language was being screamed. Hookers, drug dealers and cops are constantly cruising up and down the street in front of the motel during the night. One more night here and I am headed further south tomorrow.