Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Butler's Pantry and Jack London State Park

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"I ride over my beautiful ranch. Between my legs is a beautiful horse. The air is wine. The grapes on a score of rolling hills are red with autumn flame. Across Sonoma Mountain, wisps of sea fog are stealing. The afternoon sun smolders in the drowsy sky. I have everything to make me glad I am alive." Jack London ~ (1876–1916)
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All this talk about butler's pantries reminded me of one I saw in The House of Happy Walls out at Jack London State park (about 15 min. up the road from my house). So on Monday, under beautiful blue skies, my sister Stacey and I headed east from Santa Rosa to Glen Ellen and out to Jack London's Beauty Ranch. This was her first visit, but I have lost count as to how many times I have visited and hiked Jack's ranch in The Valley of the Moon.
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The ranch consists of 1,400 acres of gorgeous land with cyprus trees, vineyards, a forest of madrone, bay and redwood trees, a cottage (completely restored) where he and his wife Charmaine lived and died. There are also many other structures, one of which is the ruins of The Wolf House that sadly burned down before they could move in. Shortly afterward he passed away, and his wife (who lived 40 more years) built The House of Happy Walls to live in and be used upon her death for a museum. It is in this museum/house filled with all their treasures and photos to far away places that one can truly feel and appreciate what an extraordinary life Jack London had and shared with his wife.
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All of the above photos are copywrited to Sabina DeShazo.

10 comments:

Elise said...

everything looks so wonderful ! thankyou for sharing

Stacey said...

nice photos!!! good times!!!

Megan Walker said...

Fabulous place and fabulous photos Sabina! I found myself wanting to see more, more, more! My husband, being from Petaluma, has been there as well, but I never have. It looks wonderful. Thank you for sharing your fun day trip with us!

xoxo

Raru said...

Nice :))) Thanks for sharing this pictures with us.

Honeygo Beasley said...

Lucky you - what a nice trip! And your photos are star quality - you are such a wonderful photographer. Your narrative was pleasing as well, made me wish for a day trip!

laura may said...

Such gorgeous, fresh photos. I love the daybed and the fish.

lm.x

ambika said...

Oh, the koi! Such a fabulous photo.

Raru said...

Hey girl :))) where are you :)))

Cindy Garrett said...

I love these photos, Sabina! that's such a great painting over the mantel and I second the votes for the koi photo, too - it's lovely.

Krissy said...

These are such wonderful photos!

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