Magazine article Sunset

Summer Camp

Magazine article Sunset

Summer Camp

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I grew UP in the wilds of New York City with nature as an abstract concept. Never once did I pitch a tent or pick up a paddle until my parents sent me, at age 15, to the Outward Bound wilderness program on Hurricane Island, Maine, where over the course of a month I rappelled down cliffs, kayaked across choppy coastal waters, and spent three days alone on the side of a mountain with only a tarp and a tub of trail mix for company. Needless to say, that experience changed my life. Despite the physical challenges (and the mosquitoes!), I returned to my urban existence with a profound sense of peace. No matter what other memories I make over the years, something tells me that teenage sojourn will always constitute my best summer ever.

Good-time guides aplenty are packed into this issue, which kicks off a season of indolence and adventure. From a road trip via woody down the Pacific Coast Highway to a tailgate party at the Santa Fe Opera, we've compiled some of the coolest-and sandiest, and swirliest-ideas to make each one of those summer weekends count (page 72). Longing to lounge in your own backyard? Take a cue from our special section on outdoor living, which includes both a tipi for entertaining (page 58) and the ultimate raised bed (page 62). …

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