Favorite Travel Quotes

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts."
-- Mark Twain
Innocents Abroad

"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey." -- Fitzhugh Mullan

"A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving." -- Lao Tzu

So Let the Good Times Roll

©Bert Gildart:  Two weeks ago Susan Maffei photographed Janie and me at The Slabs.  Her photographs remind us of that  great (much repeated) trip to this  funky area of California.

But they also remind us of the active times that Janie and I will soon be enjoying again. Immediately after our trip with Adam and Susan to this funky area, Janie had surgery to correct a painful tear to her rotator cuff.  The operation, performed by a leading orthopedic surgeon, was a success and, soon now, following a bit more PT, we’ll be completely functional again.


Keep out? Not us.


In the meantime, Janie and I have become local socialites, taking advantage of the kind treats provided by friends.  Several nights ago Eleanor Luhr handed me a plate of food she’d prepared while boondocking at Dry Clark Lake.  Two nights ago Brian and Leigh drove in from their camp in Blaire Valley and served us a dinner that Leigh had prepared.  Both Eleanor and Leigh are FAMOUS for their cuisine, but I’m not sure what they’re saying about my ability to cook?

While Brian and Leigh were with us we caught up on all the gossip of their trip to the Slabs.  Because our travels are temporarily limited, we missed out on Prom Night, an annual event held every year at the Slabs. Leigh’s pictures of the event capture the night perfectly making Janie and me declare that next spring we will be attending!

While there Brian and Leigh visited Radio Mike and learned yet more about Love Life – Slab style.  Next morning, they joined Mike for a dip in the hot springs.  Clothing there is optional but they said they enjoyed the 100-plus degree waters in a very modest manner. They also toured East of Jesus, an annex of The Slabs which features the highly creative graffiti of local but very talented artists.

AdamBertJane Bert&Janie SlabBert

L to R:  All images made at the Slabs, suggesting we have secular values. 
So now, “Let the Good Times Roll,” which we soon will again.


Because we’re a bit confined we’ve had a chance to meet other folks here at Springs of Borrego, particularly a few other Airstream enthusiasts, and we’re always amazed by some of their accomplishments.  Of particular interest to me was the work of Gregory Zeigler who has recently duplicated John Steinbeck’s insightful journey described in his Travels with Charley.  Zeigler, a retired English teacher at a private school just published his book Travels with Max, and it is described on Amazon.  The introduction so intrigued me that I ordered the book — so I can read the rest of the story.

Last night I enjoyed a glass of wine with Zeigler and learned during the course of our conversation that he was intrigued by my descriptions of the Slabs. Obviously Zeigler’s interests are somewhat secular, but then so were those of John Steinbeck.

I think Susan’s images suggest that Janie and I may also have secular values, but at any rate, they remind us that the good times will soon roll again.




*Reflections from my years at Cut Bank Ranger Station







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One Response to “So Let the Good Times Roll”

  1. Karen Says:

    Oh thank the good heavens that people have been providing food. I was concerned that, with Bert in charge of cooking, we might find both of your skeletal remains in the camper.

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