“I would rather be a superb meteor,
every atom of me in magnificent glow,
than a sleepy and permanent planet.”

Jack London State Park Sonoma, CA - Booker and Butler ConciergesJack London said that; says so right here in the visitor guide. We are at the Jack London State Historic Park, admiring how the man, who died early at forty, truly lived his beliefs.

It’s quite hot and, like Jack’s metaphorical meteor, we are starting to glow so we head back to Glen Ellen for refreshment. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a saloon at the Jack London Lodge. Our plan, once

refreshed, is to drive to Sonoma and hike Bartholomew Park, the former home of Count Agoston Haraszthy. Try as we may, none of us can pronounce his name but we are vaguely aware of his role as the father of modern viticulture in California.

After our hike it’s off to explore the Sonoma Mission, the last and northernmost of the Spanish missions. California history can be seen all around you if you know where to look. For instance, the state flag that’s flying over the bar we’re sitting in is a nod to the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. The story has it that a ragtag band of Americans seized what is now the town of Sonoma from the Mexican government. Not a shot was fired so . . . more of a kerfuffle than a revolt.

California State Flag - Booker and Butler Concierges