Slice of Summer

Outdoor pizza turns dinner into a community event.

It's 75 degrees in Sonoma County, California, and your yoga class has just finished practicing on a wooden deck overlooking a 108-acre farm. The sun slowly dips into the ocean in the distance. The aroma of wood smoke is in the air, luring you through the herb garden to a patio where a crackling outdoor pizza oven awaits, its brick hearth just the right temperature.

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Your travel life has the essence of a dream. It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it. It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again. It brings occasional homesickness, and loneliness, and pangs of longing... But you are like the Vikings or the master mariners of the Elizabethan age, who have gone into a world of adventure, and home is not home until you return.” –Agatha Christie