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My husband and I have just returned from a 10-day vacation in Central Oregon. We stayed at Eagle Crest Resort, located just outside of Redmond and about 20 minutes from Bend. This part of the state is considered high desert, with less than 12 inches of precipitation annually and 300 days of sunshine. Don't let the term "desert" lead you to believe it's all sand and cactus, though. In fact, there are no cacti, but mixed forests of pine and juniper (some very old and fascinatingly gnarly) cover large areas, interspersed with sage and irrigated crop and grazing land.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
This past Wednesday neither my husband nor I was up for cooking dinner. We'd spent a good chunk of the day doing yard work with our N95 masks on. No, not because of COVID (though cases have skyrocketed in our under-vaccinated county and the hospitals are beyond capacity) but because of another respiratory scourge: wildfire smoke. It was hot and uncomfortable work, and neither of us wanted to spend any time in the kitchen.