Magazine article Sunset

Star Struck

Magazine article Sunset

Star Struck

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AND JUST LIKE THAT, here we are in the height of summer. From my office, I can smell the steaks grilling on our balcony, a scent more associated with lazy weekend afternoons than a meeting-packed Wednesday morning. A hanging tent, back from a test run, is propped in one comer; a dog-eared copy of my current library loan (The Lost A rt of Reading Nature 's Signs by Tristan Gooley) serves as worthy distraction from social media. Later in the day, a trayful of frozen treats- homemade strawberry popsicles, ice cream cookie sandwiches, and Sunseťs take on Choco Tacos (page 84)-will make an appearance on our Test Kitchen counter. This is the season to double down on guilty pleasures.

So much to do, so little time: Living in the West dazzles you with its opportunities for adventure. Our advice? Use this month's "Travel Stars" (page 61) as your jumping-off point. Closer to home, a S°Cal backyard renovation (page 41) is packed with creative ideas for all-ages play, and a cleverly configured poolhouse (page 78) features a double-entry shower made for a million Pinterest boards. As if summer couldn't get any better, we give you the lowdown on where to spot the coast-to-coast solar eclipse-along with a wealth of other options in our region for watching the stars (page 28). …

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