The Great Outdoorsman

With advice from the Secretary of the Interior, I take a camping trip all the way to my backyard

Courtesy Joel Stein

Joel Stein with his son, Laszlo, camping in their backyard.

For our last vacation, my lovely wife Cassandra and I took our son Laszlo to Napa. Sadly, no child-rearing book informs you that 4-year-olds have a limited interest in guided explanations of hillside terroir. His post-spring-break show-and-tell was a picture of him at a winery that might as well have been called Château Only Child.

So for our summer vacation, I wanted something that Laszlo would like and yet would still allow me to drink wine. For advice I called Sally Jewell, who took over as Secretary of the Interior in April. Jewell immediately advocated camping, obviously unaware, despite my having...

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