Autumn is definitely in the air. Nights are cooler, the leaves are slowly changing to gold and red, and the grapes are ripening on the vine. We are deeper into the material in our classes, and students have started on team projects. The campus is even more beautiful this time of year, with autumn flowers amongst the changing foilage. Students relax on lawns, and often we have bands playing music at noon.
It is this time of year that I always remember my favorite Jack London quote — and of course, Jack London adopted Sonoma County as his home, establishing his “Beauty Ranch” on the Eastern side of Sonoma Mountain, with the House of Happy Walls.
“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…”