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Into the blue.

Some people call it a bucket list. Others have another name for it: #travelgoals. For me, one place in the West has always ranked high in terms of destinations to dream about, and that is Crater Lake National Park. Which brings us to the cover of the issue you hold in your hands--an image that instantly evokes where I want to be, and how I want to feel, in the height of summer.

Summer and lakes just go together, like a song that comes on in the car at exactly the right moment. This time of year, we're tapping into our memories of summers past, and it's evident in stories such as "Land of Lakes," a road trip that feels both down-home and epic (page 66). We're celebrating the simple pleasures of an edible backyard and good friends with whom to share its bounty (page 60). We're giving your tried-and-true grill routine a bold new spin with recipes from four remarkable home cooks--think Jamaican jerk chicken and carne asada made with beer and nopales (page 74). And where else but in the world of Sunset would camping trailers (page 32) count as the ultimate status symbol?

Speaking of goals, my creative director told me this morning that she'd always wanted to design a Sunset cover like this month's. I know what she means. It's an unwitting homage to my all-time favorite: a yellow canoe on Lake Tahoe, June 1978. This was the poster I pinned to the wall of my office when I was living in New York City for a daily reminder of what I missed about the West. Just like our Crater Lake cover, it's a snapshot of summer that keeps me going all year long.

IRENE EDWARDS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF @irene_sunset | readerletters@sunset.com

Caption: WARM-WEATHER JOYS, FROM TOP: CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK IN SOUTHERN OREGON, AND MY FAVORITE SUNSET COVER (JUNE 1978)

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Title Annotation:CONVERSATIONS
Author:Edwards, Irene
Publication:Sunset
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jul 1, 2017
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