The Exotic Paradise of California

October 18, 2012 | By | Comments (2)

Photograph by David Fenton

Recently an article in Collectors Weekly wrote about the history of camping “before camping got wimpy.” Do you think they could be referring to this take on camping featured in Sunset‘s May 2011 issue?:

Photograph by Thomas J. Story

It has gotten wimpy. In fact, it looks freakishly close to a cottage rental, minus a wall. In any event, the article is fascinating.

A few highlights:

1. Camping was essentially invented in the West because people were inspired by John Muir and wanted to escape the daily grind before the DG even peaked.

2. “This camping impulse helped inspire the campaign to create America’s first National Parks.” Camping is an impulse!

3. There’s a whole book on the history of camping.

4. California used to be considered exotic. Is it still?

5. Peter Fish, Sunset’s editor at large, who is quoted in this piece, cannot be stumped on any bit of history in the West. Just try.

6. Sunset magazine has been there from the beginning, trying to make it comfortable!

Sunset Magazine June 1950 story, “Camping can be comfortable”




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    September 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  2. Lucinda Abbott

    Um, yes?! Not a new trend, by any means– I remember my big sister having to put on liquid eyeliner (1967ish) when we went camping. But the latest issue’s luxury camping story is a new level of ludicrousity. Where is George Carlin when we need him!

    October 22, 2012 at 7:41 am

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