Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

Magazine article Sunset

From the Editor

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IN MY FAMILY, the story of how Uncle Charlie came to own his vacation cabin is legendary.

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Every summer in the 1950s, he and Aunt Sue took their five children camping at Pinecrest Lake in California's Sierra Nevada. They cooked all their meals on the camp stove or firepit, and even built a makeshift shower for long stays. Camping was a lot of work for Charlie and Sue, but they loved getting their city kids up to the mountains for fresh air and long days of swimming at the lake.

The campgrounds were adjacent to a neighborhood of charming, privately owned cabins nestled among the sugar pines and firs. Charlie and Sue would frequently stroll through the area after dinner, jealously admiring the cozy glow from the cabin windows. Imagine having one of those, they said to each other. They never saw any for sale, although they couldn't have afforded one anyway.

The years went by, and on one of their summer strolls, they noticed an old man painting the exterior of a tiny cabin. He was clearly in a foul mood, but something made them stop to ask how long he'd owned the place. …

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