Springtime in the Sierra
My first child was born in the spring—April 3—and when she was little, I used to tell her she would know when her birthday was coming: “Look for the daffodils popping up by our front porch.” Those green shoots were also her signal to choose a menu for her birthday party, a flavor for her cake and a final Barbie option.
She’ll be 21 this April, a lovely and sophisticated young woman, majoring in history and political science and considering law school. But spring will always mean flowers and throwing parties and little children and motherhood to me—no matter how grown up my daughter becomes.
So it is fitting our second issue of Sierra Living also has these themes. We offer a guide to wildflower spotting in Where the Wild Things Are, and organic gardening help in Carbon Footprint. We also have recommendations for finding farm-fresh produce, which can be used in the elegant entertaining ideas from Mark Estee, chef at Liberty Food & Wine Exchange in Reno. And we include a Mother’s Day brunch recipe, created by Athena Padilla-Gordon, the chef at Element in Sutter Creek, and also the mother of two young children (the baby is often with her as she seats guests at her restaurant). Finally, our cover story—Spa Retreats—is designed with tired mothers in mind, because a spa package makes a great Mother’s Day gift, whether you are giving or hoping to receive one.
In this issue, we also offer some stories on Mother Earth, including The Health of the Sierra Forests after five years of near-devastating drought; our gorgeous pictorial, Yosemite; and—as always—our back page, Sunset Chasers, this time capturing the golden hour in Lake Tahoe.
So get out there—grab your kids for a hike to hunt wildflowers, catch that sunset off your back deck, or serve a crisp white wine with a platter of chilled seafood. It’s springtime in the Sierra.
Thea Marie Rood