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A Trip Takes Us – John Steinbeck

Posted on: September 24, 2012


We still have a day plus left of our jam packed visit to Los Angeles, and while I’m trying to cram in all of the places I hoped we’d go, and knowing it ain’t gonna happen I’m reminded of a quote I just read in Travels With Charley, by John Steinbeck:

John Steinbeck - Travels with Charley

Once a journey is designed, equipped, and put in process, a new factor enters and takes over.

A trip, a safari, an exploration, is an entity, different from all other journeys. It has personality, temperament, individuality, uniqueness.

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.

We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

So while I could be lamenting that I have not been able to visit all of the places on our list, I’ll instead focus on the places we did go, and some of the unexpectedly fun things that have happened so far.

And now that I think of it, I should be glad that we did not get to all of the places I thought we’d go – as it lends a perfect excuse to head back to Los Angeles again – soon!

John Steinbeck Travels with Charlie Map

So we’re off, to see what the trip will bring us today!

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  • Have to laugh at the appropriateness of this post – as within minutes of me hitting the Publish button I found out that our lunch place for the day is closed on Mondays and that our noon meeting has now been changed to 5-! I wonder where else the trip will bring us today?!

  • …we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

    Probably my all time favorite quote. Enjoy yourself!

  • Jen

    So, so true—but that is the real beauty of it, isn’t it? Have a great time!

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