The Kenwood Press
: 03/01/2014

Spring walks at Jack London

As the spring equinox approaches, Jack London State Historic Park will host a series of spring walks.

On March 8, a spring wildflower walk inaugurates a Wildflower Walk series led by park naturalists Deborah Large and John Lynch. The easy, 3.5-mile ramble of moderate difficulty begins on the Lake Trail, meanders along Quarry Trail and finally winds down to Vineyard Trail to the Ancient Redwood. Discover the first of spring’s wildflowers and learn how they adapted to the lack of early rain this winter. Walk begins at 10 a.m.

On March 16, explore the concept of “Walking Meditation” during a relaxed 1.5-mile moderate hike to Jack London’s lake. Hike guide and park docent Jeff Falconer will begin the journey with a brief overview of walking meditation at 10 a.m., followed by a short standing meditation to ground and center the group before embarking.

Walking meditation has been practiced for centuries in many parts of the world. It has been used as a healing tool by many spiritual and religious traditions and is enjoyed by many who simply want to commune with nature and deepen their experience of the outdoors. Given how much Jack London loved the land that is now the park, this seems a fitting way to understand what he might have experienced on one of his many walks on the property.

Each of the March walks costs $10 and tickets can be purchased online or by calling 938-5216. The additional parking fee of $10 per car is collected at the entrance kiosk. Included in admission for the wildflower walk is water and a snack, and for the meditation walk, a hand-out on meditation practice.

Hikers meet in Beauty Ranch parking lot at Jack London State Park, 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen. For more information go to