“Many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased.” ~ John Steinbeck
Perhaps best known for his novels and short stories, John Steinbeck also wrote several non-fiction titles including his travelogue, Travels with Charley: In Search of America, in which he portrayed a road trip he made with his poodle Charley, in 1960.
The short quote above is most commonly shared, but it’s worth reading the longer version below to really appreciate how accurately Steinbeck captured one of the most wonderful aspects of travel – the memories made and cherished for a lifetime.
“…many a trip continues long after movement in time and space have ceased. I remember a man in Salinas who in his middle years traveled to Honolulu and back, and that journey continued for the rest of his life. We could watch him in his rocking chair on his front porch, his eyes squinted, half-closed, endlessly traveling to Honolulu.”
I’ve always said that a great trip gives me three periods of joy – the anticipation that builds up during the research, planning, booking and waiting period, the wonderful experience of the trip itself, and the pleasure of recounting and reliving the memories for years and years to come.
This image of sun rays hitting the surface of a pond was taken in Abbotsbury Gardens, in Dorset.
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