The Serenity of Lake Merritt

America’s First Wildlife Preserve and Oakland's Crown Jewel...   Lake Merritt is not a lake. It’s the first thing you should know about Oakland’s urban waterpark. It’s a tidal lagoon or estuary.  Formed roughly 12,000 years ago after the end of the last Ice Age, the lagoon has been reshaped over the last 150 years …

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Jack London and the Valley of the Moon

A History and Tour of Jack London’s Ranch in the Sonoma Valley, California... Jack London was a prolific writer of the early 20th century, composing famous stories about adventure, survival, the Alaskan experience—stories such as “To Build a Fire” and “White Fang.” He was also a fierce advocate for socialism and workers’ rights. What many …

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