My two favorite places to be are in the middle of a bustling urban center or outdoors in the middle of nature. Since I live in San Francisco, it’s often possible to be in both locations at once. One Sunday morning last month I went for a short hike through Sutro Forest, an 80-acre hill where eucalyptus trees draped in layer upon layer of vines soar 200 feet high, birds chirp and wildflowers bloom. This place feels like an enchanted forest, especially on a foggy morning with rising mist. I should add that it’s located right in the middle of the city, between the neighborhoods of Cole Valley and the Inner Sunset. Signs mark a network of maintained trails, one fittingly called Fairy Gates. If you have the time, I suggest exploring one of the city's lesser known retreats.
Rachel Ward Editor, San Francisco @wanderingrachel