Friday, June 3, 2011

jack london state park & the beauty ranch

On Memorial Day, we drove back from Napa to San Francisco. Daniel had the idea we should take a few hours and stop at the Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen. I didn't even know there was a Jack London State Park, but off we went.

The first thing we saw was Jack London's grave site. He's buried very simply, under a large mossy boulder. After that, we walked to see the remains of Wolf House. It was a massive fieldstone mansion London built out among the redwoods that burnt down in 1913, three weeks before its scheduled completion.

We picnicked out by the ruined building and I poked around with my camera. 

After lunch, we walked over to see the Beauty Ranch, the 1,400 acre property where London raised livestock and various crops. There's an old stone barn and a little cottage.

We walked around the Beauty Ranch trail up to the lake at the top of the property.

There wasn't a whole lot to be said for the lake...there was about a teaspoon of water in it and it was entirely brown. But the walk was awfully nice.

All in all, an excellent Memorial Day.

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