Sunset

Sunset Magazine is a magazine covering western homes, gardens, food and travel (five regional editions). Founded in 1898, it is a monthly publication published by Sunset Publishing Corp. Sunset Magazine subjects include home and gardening as well as travel and tourism. The senior vice president is Kevin Lynch.

Articles from Vol. 200, No. 5, May

A Century in Sunset Country
On behalf of the entire staff of Sunset Magazine, I am proud to offer you this, our Centennial issue. We all hope you'll agree that the year we worked on this extraordinary issue-assembling stories, photographs, and a century's worth of memorabilia-was...
Algodones Dunes
Also known as the Imperial Sand Dunes, they are Southern California's favorite sandbox Down State Highway 111 by the shores of the Salton Sea, people have long tried to conjure an aura of the exotic. There are groves of date palms, the Fountain of Youth...
Algodones Dunes: Also Known as the Imperial Sand Dunes, They Are Southern California's Favorite Sandbox
Down State Highway 111 by the shores of the Salton Sea, people have long tried to conjure an aura of the exotic. There are groves of date palms, the Fountain of Youth Spa & RV Park, a town called Mecca, and a beach named Bombay. But eventually,...
Alpine Loop
The American Basin and Redcloud Peak are two of Colorado's hidden treasures Distant thunder convinces us that this is not the day to climb Redcloud and Sunshine, two 14,000-foot summits at the heart of the BLM's Redcloud Peak Wilderness Study Area. I...
Anchorage and Beyond
Anchorage makes an excellent base of operations, thanks to lots of local lodgings, nearby destinations, and air links to the state's remotest corners. No matter where you go, though, remember that summer travel in Alaska demands a fair amount of planning....
Asian Basics for a New Cuisine
International sections of mainstream urban supermarkets should have most of these items. For more brand choices, shop in Asian groceries. ASIAN (TOASTED) SESAME OIL: Dark oil extracted from toasted sesame seed. For maximum flavor, get a brand that is...
Big Rivers
When John Wesley Powell ran the Green and Colorado, he traveled through the West's wildest country-it still is Nothing in our contemporary experience-on this planet, anyway-compares to what it must have felt like to get into one of the four wood boats...
Big Rivers: When John Lesley Powell Ran the Green and Colorado, He Traveled through the West's Wildest Country - It Still Is
Nothing in our contemporary experience - on this planet, anyway - compares to what it must have felt like to get into one of the four wood boats that pushed into Wyoming's Green River on the morning of May 24, 1869. Ahead lay an alien terrain of carved...
Bill Evans: A Legacy of Fantasy Landscapes
MORGAN "BILL" EVANS is internationally known as the landscape genius behind the Disney constellation of theme parks. For nearly 44 years, he has helped clothe the fantasies of Disney's talented designers with appropriate landscapes, be they simulated...
Birding in the Pribilofs
Birding in the Pribilofs and other Alaskan adventures-from Anchorage hikes to Seward sea life The birders were all aflutter. The day before we flew into Alaska's Pribilof Islands from Anchorage, a peregrine-like falcon from Asia called a Eurasian hobby...
Birding in the Pribilofs.And Other Alaskan Adventures - from Anchorage Hikes to Seward Sea Life
The birders were all aflutter. The day before we flew into Alaska's Pribilof Islands from Anchorage, a peregrine-like falcon from Asia called a Eurasian hobby had flown in from the other direction. Or, more accurately, blown in - a strong wind apparently...
Building Tomorrow's Home
Energy efficiency is the driving force behind six new construction techniques Greener pastures are on the horizon for residential construction now that homeowners, architects, and builders can choose environmentally friendly ways to build or remodel....
Building Tomorrow's Home: Energy Efficiency Is the Driving Force Behind Six New Construction Techniques
Greener pastures are on the horizon for residential construction now that homeowners, architects, and builders can choose environmentally friendly ways to build or remodel. Standard-dimension softwood lumber (2-by-4s and 2-by-6s) used in conventionally...
Cold Water and Scarce Erasers
As a grand institution grows and matures, legends develop, some of them true, some embellished. I'm going to pass along a few Sunset tales from the "Lane years," 1928 to 1990. That's when the company belonged to a family of four: the founder, the late...
Cold Water and Scarce Erasers
As a grand institution grows and matures, legends develop, some of them true, some embellished. I'm going to pass along a few Sunset tales from the "Lane years," 1928 to 1990. That's when the company belonged to a family of four: the founder, the late...
Colorado
* When I was a child in Banning, California, I went wild for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These books, as every reader knows, turn the predictable and familiar upside down, twisting logic into braids...
Crossing the Great Divide
I went to South Pass, Wyoming, to mark my son's 4-month birthday and my 43rd. People might think the middle of Wyoming a strange place to commemorate passing time, but I had my reasons. At 43, you look forward and backward, like a driver shifting his...
Dan Hinkley: Heronswood Nursery
Dan Hinkley may just be the Northwest's own Indiana Jones. His allconsuming passion for trekking around the world in search of new plants began 10 years ago when he was teaching horticulture at the community college in Edmonds, Washington. Lecturing,...
Dive into Curried Duck
A classic stew that takes the intimidation out of cooking this bird Thai curry pastes are hot, as explained on page 224. And in Thailand, where duck is everyday food, green curry paste is essential to this memorable duck curry, which combines homespun...
Drain Lake Powell?
It became very cool. We heard water falling from the roof of the cathedral into a plunge pool. A flood had built up a sandbar and in the sunlight it looked almost white. The plunge pool was a jade green. It was just absolutely one of the most incredibly...
Food Guide: 25
77 FORTUNES TOLD. David Jung gets credit for making the first fortune cookie, in 1916 in Los Angeles. 78 MILK IN A CAN. Evaporated cow's milk was first successfully canned in 1899 in Washington by Carnation. John Meyenberg, grandson of a partner in that...
Garden Guide: 25
29 TOP SEEDS. During the first half of the century, Southern California nurseries such as Bodger's Seeds became the world's leading producers of bulk flower seed. Among the new varieties they introduced: `American Beauty' aster, 'Early Klondyke Orange...
Gary Hammer: Desert to Jungle Nursery
Ten gIobe-trotting adventurers are discovering plants in the West and abroad that you can grow * First came figs, olives, and oleanders. Padres brought these "exotics" west from Spain to plant in their missions. Then came cuttings of such garden treasures...
Grand Gulch
On the trail of Utah's secret kivas Specks of dust dance in the solitary shaft of sunlight streaming into Perfect Kiva. The opening darkens as Laura Lantz of the BLM slowly climbs down a ladder. Cedar ceiling timbers frame this precarious entry. They...
Grand Gulch: On the Trail of Utah's Secret Kivas
Specks of dust dance in the solitary shaft of sunlight streaming into Perfect Kiva. The opening darkens as Laura Lantz of the BLM slowly climbs down a ladder. Cedar ceiling timbers frame this precarious entry. They are still blackened by smoke from ancient...
Great Divide Basin
I speak for a neighborhood not my own, for it is no one's, being unpeopled, and rarely, if ever, spoken for. Indeed it is maligned for the emptiness that fills it. There is a hole in the middle of the Continental Divide, where the rain that falls finds...
Great Parks, No Crowds
As pressures on the remnants of the West's wilderness increase, we propose six parks for the 21st century * Owyhee, Algodones, Grand Gulch: They are not exactly household names, but they should be as familiar as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Grand Canyon....
Heritage Roses: Many of the Plants Brought West by Pioneers Are Still Thriving, Thanks to Efforts by Dedicated Rosarians
Before the turn of the century, Mendocino, California, was an isolated community, connected to the rest of the world only by ships that plied the Pacific. But that didn't stop Daisy MacCallum - daughter of one of the area's original settlers, William...
Home Guide: 25
WESTERN CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE HOME 51 WRIGHT OF PASSAGE. Frank Lloyd Wright visited our Cliff May-designed headquarters in 1954. His famous Scottsdale, Arizona, architecture studio-Tal iesin West-celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Commemorations...
Los Angeles
A city enters the heart slowly and without warning. I didn't like Los Angeles at first: too big, too phony, too much. When I moved to Southern California from Washington, D.C., during the winter of 1984 my purpose was clear. While on vacation in L.A....
Native American Country
To celebrate Sunset's 100th anniversary in 1998, we're counting up 100 of the West's best destinations. This month: where to find the West's most important Native American sites. Sunset's century of publication is but a flicker in time compared with...
New Plant Pioneers
Ten globe-trotting adventurers are discovering plants in the West and abroad that you can * First came figs, olives, and oleanders. Padres brought these "exotics" west from Spain to plant in their missions. Then came cuttings of such garden treasures...
New Plant Pioneers: Ten Globe-Trotting Adventurers Are Discovering Plants in the West and Abroad That You Can Grow
First came figs, olives, and oleanders. Padres brought these "exotics" west from Spain to plant in their missions. Then came cuttings of such garden treasures as Harison's yellow rose; pioneers brought them west in their wagons as reminders of homes...
Open House
A few months ago, we asked readers to send us the names of Westerners who, like Sunset Magazine, were born in 1898 and are celebrating their 100th birthdays this year. We thank them for nominating the 12 centenarians Sunset honors here. As we reviewed...
Oregon Coast
On the beaches of northern Oregon, we don't wear bikinis and loll in the sun. We wear yellow slickers, like a cross between Darth Vader and a giant canary, and we scuttle. The north Oregon coast is right for Oregonians, but different Oregonians like...
Other Ingredients Chefs like to Use
ALSO IN THE RUNNING Other ingredients chefs like to use BLACK BEAN SAUCE: Made from salted black beans, rice wine, and seasonings. BLACK VINEGAR: Dark, mildly sweet, smoky vinegar made from rice, wheat, millet, or sorghum. CHILI PEPPER WATER: A mixture...
Owyhee Canyonlands
"This is the meanest ass-kicker on the Bruneau," says guide Paul Werner as a dozen of us examine the churning drop of Five Mile Rapid from the safety of the riverbank. He has to yell to be heard over the roar of the water. "We'll want to stay left of...
Owyhee Canyonlands: Rivers Wild along the Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada Borders
"This is the meanest ass-kicker on the Bruneau," says guide Paul Werner as a dozen of us examine the churning drop of Five Mile Rapid from the safety of the riverbank. He has to yell to be heard over the roar of the water. "We'll want to stay left of...
Peak Peformances: Summer Festivals Are Springing Up All over the Rockies
Ski towns in the Rockies are spending the summers marrying their spectacular natural settings with some of the finest music, dance, and drama festivals in the West. The events bring to these tiny mountain towns all the great cultural offerings you find...
Ray Collett: UC Santa Cruz Arboretum
Ray Collett and the University of California at Santa Cruz met each other at a happy time. The university, freshly founded (in 1965) and devoted to undergraduate educational adventure in the most liberal sense, was open to new ideas. Collett suggested...
San Joaquin Valley
Baachan/Grandma trudged behind me, slouching forward, her 80-year-old feet shuffling through the damp vineyards following an autumn shower. She carried her shovel over both shoulders like a peasant lugging produce down a country trail. Her pant legs...
San Pedro River
A rare year-round riparian area in Arizona If you're a birder, you know the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area; nearly half the species in the Lower 48 have been spotted here. If you're an archaeologist, you know that this may be one of the...
San Pedro River: A Rare Year-Round Riparian Area in Arizona
If you're a birder, you know the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area; nearly half the species in the Lower 48 have been spotted here. If you're an archaeologist, you know that this may be one of the longest continuously inhabited spots in North...
Save the Century
After cooking with you for 100 years, we've collected the greatest Western flavors for a most memorable meal For the last 10 decades at Sunset, we're eaten oysters up and down the West Coast, and beyond. We explored Pacific salmon, Hawaiian papayas,...
Savon the Century
After cooking with you for 100 years, we've collected the greatest Western flavors for a most memorable meal For the last 10 decades at Sunset, we've eaten oysters up and down the West Coast, and beyond. We explored Pacific salmon, Hawaiian papayas,...
Sunset's Meal of the Century
Jicama with Chili Salt (November 1968) Indian Relish (September 1934) with Cream Cheese and Crackers Pop-open Barbecue Clams (May 1969) NAVARRO VINEYARDS GEWURZTRAMINER 1996 Avocado Soup Mexicana (December 1940) Crab and Artichoke Salad (January 1945)...
Sunset Unlimited
In the West of 1898, one gold rush died while another blazed. In Nevada, the last of the Comstock mines shut down, Comstock ore having built mansions and bought Senate seats from Nob Hill to Washington, D.C. In Seattle, word of a new strike along the...
That Spot
VOICES WEST FEBRUARY 1908 *We started for the Klondike in the fall rush of 1897, and we started too late to get over Chilcoot Pass before the freezeup. We packed our outfit on our backs part way over, when the snow began to fly, and then we had to buy...
The Gass-Starr Team
In the mid-'80s Ron Gass was a pioneering nurseryman in Phoenix, having collected plants in the Southwest and Mexico since the late '60s. With his wife, Maureen, he owned Mountain States Wholesale Nursery. He met Greg Starr when Starr visited the nursery...
The King Range
Stormy beauty on the Northern California coast * California is not supposed to be so wild, so storm-wracked, so brutally beautiful. California is supposed to be themeparked, Prozac-ed, liposuctioned. But the King Range, on the Humboldt-Mendocino coast,...
The Low-Fat Cook
Tamale pie gets real, slims down Tamale pie, although inspired by Mexican tamales, is a Western invention. We've traced it back a century in old Los Angeles cookbooks. At Sunset, we published our first tamale pie recipe in 1920. Dozens of versions, usually...
Then as Now: Born Great in Napa Valley
Let's say someone gave you a million dollars and asked you to buy vineyards in the United States. But not just any vineyards - only those capable of producing legendary, world-class wine. You could study the soils and climates of this place and that....
The Quick Cook
MEALS IN 30 MINUTES OR LESS Getting a feel for filo In the rush of wrapping up a busy day, it's comforting to know that you can also wrap up a meal presentable enough for guests in about half an hour. This savory filo strudel gets a head start with cooked...
The Wine Guide
Then as now: Born great in Napa Valley Let's say someone gave you a million dollars and asked you to buy vineyards in the United States. But not just any vineyards-only those capable of producing legendary, world-class wine. You could study the soils...
Three Days Adrift
VOICES WEST JUNE-JULY 1906 The Diary of a San Francisco Girl During the Earthquake and Fire April 18.-Evening, In sand lot near foot of Van Ness avenue. I'm writing by the light of the burning city. The fire is still twenty blocks from my house, but...
Travel Guide: 25
This month, in place of the usual Travel, Garden, Home, and Food Guides, we present 100 Western contributions to Western civilization, beginning with 25 ways the West has set the pace for travel and adventure. 1 NATIONAL MONUMENTS & PARKS. Mount...
Tucson
* To me, the West was a hopeful slant of light. I grew up in a small town in Ohio, but turned toward that Western light like a sunflower. When I was 2, my grandparents moved for the sake of my grandmother's health to Tucson, Arizona. That city and state...
Visiting South Pass
South Pass lies off State 28, about 40 miles northeast of Farson, Wyoming, and 40 miles southwest of Lander. To see the pass and traces of the Oregon Trail close-up, drive State 28 to the first hill west of the Sweetwater Bridge. Turn south on Oregon...
Wines with History
With the jicama, Indian relish, and barbecue clam appetizers Navarro Vineyards Gewurztraminer 1996 (Anderson Valley), $14 The tangy flavors of the relish (lots of sugar and vinegar) need a dramatic companion. Navarro is widely considered the best Gewurztraminer...
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