On this day in 1876,the author and adventurer Jack London was born in Glen Ellen, a village in Sonoma County, California. The location of his ranch and final resting place is included in nearby Jack London State Historic Park.
Last spring we visited the park for a picnic, and checked out the ruins of The Wolf House, the home London built that burned before he could move in. It is a lovely, peaceful location, with views of the Valley of the Moon and the Mayacama Mountains.
My husband’s favorite short story written by Jack London is All Gold Canyon (1905). I read it today. It picks the reader up and deposits him on the edge of a blind canyon cut by a meandering stream with a pool, surrounded by meadow and hill, enclosed by cliffs, hidden in the Gold Country of California. It is sensory and graphic in its images and action. If you never read anything else of Jack London’s work, read this.