Magazine article Sunset

Wild Things

Magazine article Sunset

Wild Things

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AFTER NINE MONTHS of a gut remodel that drained our bank balances and sapped our souls, my husband and I made good on our promise last fall to take the kids on their first overnight camping trip. After all, we were already camping in the middle of a construction zone, cooking meals in a toaster oven and doing dishes in the bathroom sink. At one point, I seriously considered sleeping in a borrowed VW van that we would park under the redwood in our backyard.

We were due for a break. And I'll admit, I was picturing one of the all-inclusive-resort variety. Instead, we went backpack camping on the beach in Point Reyes, California, next to a cinematic cove with tidepools and a rope swing. We accessed our campsite via a 3-mile hike, but a friend brought a bike with saddlebags that we loaded with beer and lamb chops for the grill. We made endless s'mores. The kids roamed in a pack, tumbling down dunes and chasing one another with bull kelp across the sand. It was the weekend getaway we so desperately needed.

Make this the year you fall in love with camping, whether for the first time or all over again (page 59). …

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