Voyages et Plein air

Sunset August 2017

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2 min.
star struck

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 meetingpacked Wednesday morning. A hanging tent, back from a test run, is propped in one corner; a dog-eared copy of my current library loan (The Lost Art 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 Sunset’s 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…

1 min.
new & now

Take dinner outside Set the scene for a splendid outdoor party—or just a casual backyard dinner for two—with our furniture and decor tips: outdoordining. Back-to-school style Get a head start on fall with our favorite lunchboxes, backpack supplies, dorm-room decor, and more to help you ease back into the routine: Last-minute escapes Don’t let summer slip away! Our guide to great getaways that don’t take much planning includes where to find lodging in peak season, even on the shores of ultra-blue Lake Tahoe:…

7 min.
history lesson

WHAT WE’RE TRACKING THIS MONTH BEST VIEW As a refugee from Vietnam growing up in the States, “camping was a weird idea for my family,” photographer Binh Danh recalls. Still, he was drawn to images of national parks, even though he’d never seen them in person. He felt a similar fascination in college at Stanford when he encountered his first daguerreotype: “I fell in love with the aesthetics of the process and the fact that each work is one of a kind.” Now a professor at Arizona State University, Danh creates silver daguerrotypes of iconic landscapes, including Civil War battlefields and Yosemite’s El Capitan. The effect is both innovative and timeless, turning a 19thcentury photographic tradition—and historic American settings— into a meditation on the past with a contemporary immigrant’s perspective. NOT YOUR AVERAGE MARKET BEST QUICK…

5 min.
clean break

The greatest surfer of all time answers the door wearing fuzzy slippers. Kelly Slater offers a big smile and a handshake at the entrance to his midcentury cottage in San Clemente, California, as his Chihuahua mix, Action, warily sniffs my feet. I’m ready for Slater’s squared jaw and piercing blue eyes but unprepared for all the searching questions about my tea preferences as he ticks off a full menu of loose leaves, nondairy milks, and natural sweeteners.A fewminutes later, Slater shuffles back into the living room with a couple of chocolate-ginger chais with coconut nectar. We’re sipping our brews just a few miles from Trestles Beach, where Slater captured his first pro contest, back in 1990. But his surfing story begins in his hometown of Cocoa Beach, Florida. There, the towheaded…

1 min.
just swells

California The best long rides in SoCal (Malibu especially) are well loved for a reason, but they can get mobbed. Slater recommends the famed, and less crowded, Rincon Point surf spot about 20 miles east of Santa Barbara. “They call it the Queen of the Coast,” he says. “It’s a milelong point break that’s just perfect.” After surfing, head to the Padaro Beach Grill ( in Carpinteria for a GMO-free veggie burger and local craft beer. British Columbia When it comes to surfing up north, Slater likes Vancouver Island’s Long Beach, a vast stretch of sand in Tofino that offers spots for every ability level. “It’s easy to get off the beaten path up there. If you get really adventurous, you can take a boat ride to get to more remote waves,” says…

4 min.
space odysseys

Coming soon to a sky near you: summer’s most anticipated blockbuster. Around 9 a.m. Pacific time on August 21, the first coast-tocoast solar eclipse the United States has seen in nearly a century begins to chart a course from Lincoln City, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. The moon will slide in front of the sun, sending a shadow racing more than 1,200 miles per hour across the country. Then, anyone within a 70-mile-wide diagonal band will see the eclipse hit its high note—totality. For up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds, day turns to night as temperatures drop, nocturnal animals and stars emerge, and the sun’s corona swirls and pulses around the moon’s outline. Astronomers are calling it the Great American Eclipse. We’re calling it the show of a lifetime. DO SHADOW DANCE Can’t…