Magazine article Sunset

All in a Day's Work

Magazine article Sunset

All in a Day's Work

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Last summer, I invited our entire staff to go camping. Part research, part team-building exercise, this seemed like the perfect Sunset activity. What better way to test new equipment and recipes for our Ultimate Camping Guide than in the great outdoors?

In no time, I had a group of at least 20 volunteers, led by senior writer Lora Finnegan. You could call Lora the Queen of Camping (that's her lounging second from the left, above). She's pitched a tent in dozens of campgrounds over the years, from Joshua Tree to the Mendocino Coast and Nevada's Valley of Fire. Lora's first camping trip in the late '60s got her hooked. "I still remember the musty smell of that old canvas tent-thank goodness some things have changed," she says.

Lora gathered all kinds of gear-plenty of nonmusty tents, sleeping bags, and even a remote-control lantern-for our campers to try out. …

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