Magazine article Sunset

Wish I Were There

Magazine article Sunset

Wish I Were There

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SUNSET STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Tom Story spends something like 250 days a year on the road for us, so when I learned that U.S. Highway 395-the subject of our cover story this month--was his all-time favorite road trip, I had to ask why.

"As soon as you cross the Sierra, you drop down into this other world," says Story, who has been taking his kids to view the fall color at June Lake for years. "Living in the Bay Area, with life getting faster and more complex all the time. Highway 39S for me is like island time in Hawaii." Talking about this epic road. Story punctuates his speech with thoughtful pauses and poetic sighs. I could hear him relaxing at the memory. I wanted some of that.

I haven't trekked to the eastern side of the Sierra for some years, so while our story (page 48) gives dozens of spots to choose from, I asked Tom to design a perfect first day for me. …

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