Magazine article Sunset

A Sense of Place

Magazine article Sunset

A Sense of Place

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This month's "Going Home" feature was sparked by a conversation I had with senior editor Peter Fish. We were talking about Thanksgiving traditions and reminiscing with fondness about the places we associate with grandparents, growing up, and good times.

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Our talk reminded me of a charming town in my past: Cambria, on the California coast. It used to be one of those undiscovered places no one else seemed to know about. Most of the visitors, like my dad's family, were escapees from the heat of Central Valley towns such as Coalinga and Fresno. As children, Dad and his siblings went to summer camp in Cambria. When they grew up, two of them bought homes there.

As the years passed, we often gathered for reunions at my aunt's house, which overlooks the water. It's a perfect spot for watching elephant seals and sea otters, as well as for attracting far-flung relatives. …

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