et me put this rightout there: I am not acamper.I had this revelationthree years ago when afriend of mine decidedshe wanted her bache-lorette party to consist of nine women gatheredaround a fire pit, freezing,in the mountains of San-ta Cruz. This was my firstcamping trip, and one of those great bonding ex-periences I won’t soonforget. Oh, how the scan-dalous secrets came out!The s’mores weren’tbad either.But, the whole time —the longest day and a half of my life — I foundmyself posing a series of questions. It began withloading up the SUV: Wait, we need to bring all that?(As someone who prefersto pack light, almostproblematically so, I wasappalled at the amountof equipment involved inthe endeavor).Then, once we’d ar-rived: We have to makeour own food? I was sup-posed to bring mosquitorepellant? Does anyonehave an extra pillow? Orblanket? How in the heck do you set up this tent?Needless to say, I gotout of doing a lot of theheavy labor.I love the great out-doors, and I definitely don’t mind being in aplace where I can lean my head back and stare up atthe stars in the night sky,far away from the city lights. But, usually, whenI’m done staring, I get togo inside a four-walledstructure and sleep in abed with a roof over my head. As summer approaches,I’m sure I’ll hear friendsand relatives talking aboutplans for their annualcamping trips. But I can’thelp wondering why any-one would choose to beuncomfortable when they could stay in a lovely, cozy cabin down the road andbe, uh, you know, com-fortable?Before I get branded asa close-minded, spoiledbrat, I’m vowing here andnow to give camping an-other try. Because, afterall, life is all about facing extreme adversity.
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Meet the Tanners
Close-knit family works, playshard together.
Husband and wife undertake humani-tarian mission work in Rwanda.
Music to Our Ears
Northern California Accordion Societyshares love of ‘squeezebox.’
ON THE COVER:
Siblings Scott Tanner, left, Trisha Pollockand David Tanner at Douglas Ridge RVBoat Storage.
COVER PHOTO • ANNE STOKES
Festival of Classical Masters
Brandon Yip, Di Wu, ‘nuff said.
Catch and Release
Granite Bay fishers cast net onconservation efforts.
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Dining View12Hot Property22Professional View45Things to Do48Daytripper49Back and Forth50
I’ll Take the Cabin
Janet Farris plays withmusicians in theNorthern CaliforniaAccordion Society.
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