The pleasures are both pastoral and intellectual at the beloved former ranch of the late Jack London. You could easily spend the afternoon hiking along the edge of vineyards and through stands of oaks. Several manuscripts and a handful of personal effects are on view at the House of Happy Walls Museum, which provides a tantalizing overview of the author's life and literary passions. A short hike away lie the ruins of Wolf House, which mysteriously burned down just before
the writer was to move in. Also open to the public are a few restored farm outbuildings and the Cottage, a wood-framed building where he penned many of his later works. London is buried on the property.
2400 London Ranch Rd., off Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, California, 95442, United States
Apr 15, 2005
This park is fantastic on several levels. It is a wonderful historical experience for learning about and reveling in the life of author Jack London. The museum and cottage are full of excellent exhibits and artifacts from London's life, and the ruins of Wolf House are very poignant. However, the park is also a great place to hike, explore or horseback ride. There are trails which wind all the way up the mountain side through redwood forests to the
crest the mopuntain, where spectacular views of the valley are everywhere. A great place to visit.