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LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

ANOTHER VOLCANIC WONDER

On your list of best volcanic sites ("Vulcan's Thrones," June, page 16), you overlooked a favorite of mine: Lava Beds National Monument in Northern California. The central visitor's area sits atop a catacomb of interweaving lava tubes that can be explored without the aid of a guide. No other place I've been quite brings out the "kid" in all of us as this place does! Terry Engels

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA

WISE WORDS ON WINE Karen MacNeil's Wine Guide column is one of the best-written, most useful and insightful pieces of its kind in any magazine, including the specialty wineoriented publications. Whether writing about the joy of elegant Pinot Noir, the curious public fascination with mostly mundane Merlot, or the sassy regional characteristics of Santa Barbara, she comes across as a genuinely wise and down-to-earth observer-a rare combination of a wine expert who would also make a great dinner guest.

Jake and Mo Dear

SAN ANSEL.NO, CALIFORNIA

IN LOVE WITH A ROSE

This is a love letter about the wonderful `Sunset Celebration' rose I purchased this spring. While all my other roses have been plagued with black spot, rust, and aphids because of the cool, wet weather, the `Sunset Celebration' looks healthy. But what I really love, besides the beautiful blossoms, is the foliagedark green, perfectly shaped leaves, growing almost horizontally to show themselves off. You picked a real winner for your l00th!

Valerie Taylor

SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNiA

DREAM HOUSE: QUESTIONS OF SPACE Sunset's Dream House ("Built for Westerners," July, page 72) is lovely and it would be a treat to have separate, spacious rooms for living, dining, office, family, projects, and laundry and mud, but does a single family really require this huge square footage? …