Jack London State Historic Park

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

While wining around Sonoma and Glen Ellen, we popped into Jack London State Historic Park since it was on the map. We didn’t know anything about it. Wow, were we surprised and impressed. We sauntered into the House of Happy Walls Museum which gave an excellent overview of Jack London’s life and his work. Docents were on-hand to answer all questions. A volunteer was upstairs playing the piano! We were totally floored. I thanked him for volunteering his time and his gift.

I kept telling everyone, “I’m taking pictures and putting this up on my blog. Free marketing!” They all laughed. Clearly, they know not who I am.

Make sure to read the picture below about Jack London studying in Oakland and Alameda and getting into the UC system. Local boy makes great!

Jack London’s wife Charmian was a prominent figure herself who outlived her husband by almost 40 years.

A docent asked if we were interested in joining him as he gave a 90 minute leisurely guided tour around the park. Hello, no brainer! We walk and enjoy the sunshine and you spout historical facts? Totally game. This guy was on it! No question stumped him. He, swear to God, had an answer for every question our small group of 4 asked. That is straight up dedication, knowledge, and volunteerism in effect. Again props to this park. I told Dean that when we retire we have to become docents and give back. The ruins are of Wolf House, a palatial home that was a few weeks near completion before it was destroyed by some type of natural spontaneous combustion.

Lastly, I want to leave you with a quote from Jack London who wrote 1,000 words every day of his life. “I am a believer in regular work, and never wait for an inspiration.” The guy died at the age of 40. Think about all that productive output within a short 40 year lifespan. I’m a fan. Need to read more of his work.

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