In my own backyard, our German shepherd Aberdeen waits for a ball to catch.
I honestly don’t require much in the summer—no flights to Italy or cruises to Alaska. I’m mostly happy to be free of setting an alarm clock, packing lunches, finding socks. I also like to have the time to look my kids in the eye—even if it’s just across the kitchen island—and as often as possible, grab them for a road trip (there is oddly no better way to reconnect than speeding down a highway).
I love summer entertaining too—throwing open our back door doubles our party space, so my daughter and I can freely indulge our inner caterers. Finally, I like to sit in my own backyard with a hardbound library book and a glass of iced tea, throw a ball for our German shepherd, hear the geese fly over or the lazy drone of a small plane.
With this month’s issue of Sierra Living, we encourage you to find your own summer style—in equally simple but soul-satisfying ways. Thumb through our Calendar of Events, where you can choose between berry picking, hikes, bike rides, paddleboard races, marathons, concerts, street fairs, outdoor movies and music festivals. And what would summer be without ice-cold beer? Check out our guide, Microbrew 101, for craft breweries throughout our region—many of which, we discovered, are kid- and dog-friendly, the latter of which ties in nicely with our feature story, Who Let the Dogs In?
And of course don’t miss our pictorial this month: Summer Snow. Who would have thought—after five years of drought—we’d be skiing on the Fourth of July? And that brings us to perhaps our most valuable reporting: Where To See Fireworks (page 37).
We also have recommendations for buying locally sourced, seasonal food and preparing it well, with expert advice from chefs Chelsea Bruce of Newcastle Produce and David Holman of Campo in Reno. And what about some genuine farm-to-fork dining this summer? Read about (and see gorgeous photos of) Sierra Valley Farms’ Dinner in the Barn series in The Real Deal.
So here’s to keeping it simple this summer: Eat well, find a new pour, get outdoors, play with a friendly dog, catch the fireworks wherever you are—and take some time to look closely at the people you love.
Thea Marie Rood
If you’d like to read the April/May 2017 Editor’s Note, please click here.
Photography by Nash Rood.