Sneak in on a guided tour of Jack London's cottage with a kind and knowledgable docent.
Never mind the high school kid who's researching the history of the land.
Imagine living in Jack London's cottage, complete with detached kitchen and dining room (turned sitting room for museum - go ahead, imagine the farm table that once occupied this space).
Wonder how Jack London was able to not only write 50 books in his short 40 years, but also be an agricultural pioneer. Wonder why you can barely write a few emails and do the laundry in one day.
Figure out how you can get this man a vineyard of his own (though let's face it, you're the one who wants the vineyard - he'd rather have a hop farm.)
Climb the mountain to Jack London's personal lake.
Try to ignore your son's constant whining about the uphill hike. Be grateful for the sound absorbing properties of huge redwood trees, moist ferns, and damp earth.
Give your husband extra points for intentionally standing in front of the trail marker while the kids walk by - you don't want them to see how many miles you still have to go.
Bribe your son with a cold root beer on the way home if he will only. stop. whining. please. Be amazed at how well this bribe works.
Ignore the stench and hide your great disappointment with the cesspool that was once Mr. London's swimming hole. Ewwww. Don't even take pictures. Just plug your nose and hurry back down the hill.
Jump in the car and note with surprise the time - you've been hiking for several hours! You're nearly late for dinner with your parents and grandparents.
Change your plans to visit a brewery on the way home. Stop at a convenience store for drinks. Enjoy your family dinner.
Go home and get ready for part three of your field trip. This time, the husband and kids are staying behind and it's all. about. you. More to come.