Magazine article Sunset

Weekend in Paradise

Magazine article Sunset

Weekend in Paradise

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NOTHING IS MORE SATISFYING than tossing your duffel bag into the trunk and clicking it closed--the sound of the weekend beginning. Long, meticulously planned vacations to far-off places are enormous but rare pleasures. It's the short trip, maybe just one night, that keeps us sane.

The short trip whisks us away from the pile of laundry, the errands, the obligations. It's too easy for me to let those things eat up my weekend; a quick trip every few weeks or months breaks the duty cycle. (Not that the laundry isn't there when I come back. But doing it on a Wednesday night seems the right trade-off.) The real value is that I have fewer expectations of a weekend away and, paradoxically, get maximum pleasure out of discovering the simplest things.

This winter, snow on our usual route across the Sierra pushed us farther north. We passed through Placerville, just south of Lake Tahoe. It's a tiny town with a gold mining history. A historic downtown, but right on the highway--not the most glamorous location. …

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