Still Standing

Jack London Park survives fire, pays it forward

Threatened by the recent Nun’s fire, but left relatively untouched, Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen is one of Sonoma Valley’s few spots spared by the disaster.

To mark the park’s good fortune, officials are opening it to the public for free through the rest of the year. Admission fees and parking usually run between $10 and $20, though visitors can now explore the 1,400-acre area that famed author Jack London called home over a hundred years ago and enjoy the park’s resumed schedule of walks and events gratis.

This Saturday, Nov. 18, the park hosts its weekly Saturday hike, led by an experienced naturalist. Nov. 18 also marks the annual Jack London Memorial, located at the author’s gravesite within the park. Both events begin at 10am, with no reservations required.

On Friday, Nov. 24, the park celebrates another long-standing tradition with the annual post-Thanksgiving Turkey Waddle, offering the public a chance to walk off the stuffing among the park’s ancient redwoods.

The park has also rescheduled its previously canceled Mindful Walk on Saturday, Dec. 9, that combines hiking and meditation for a day of emotional and mental healing. All these events are free, including parking.

Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. 707.938.5216.

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