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Country Extra

Country Extra

January 2021

See more of America's countryside with every issue of Country EXTRA!  Country EXTRA is delivered in between your issues of Country.  Celebrate the people, places and stories that make country life so special. Discover America through first-hand reader visits with country folks, full-color photos, reviews of country inns, country-fresh recipes and time-saving tips and shortcuts.

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1 min.
tracks in the snow

YEARS AGO I took a winter survival course in northern Arizona. This desert dweller learned all about dressing in layers, eating to stay warm (yes, chocolate will help keep your body temperature up), and the difference between a deer track and a bear paw print in freshly fallen snow. Layering definitely came in handy when I moved to Wisconsin, and I’ll take any reason to validate eating chocolate. Learning to pay attention to signs of nature in the snow took more time. The best way to learn this is to just go outside. And the easiest way to do that is to strap on a pair of snowshoes and venture out. As writer Joshua Berman notes in “Winter’s Quiet Sport,” on page 22, snowshoeing is an inexpensive way to explore the outdoors…

1 min.
everyone has a story... what’s yours?

Country is written by readers for readers. It’s easy to share your stories and photos. Simply visit country-magazine.com and click Share Your Story. Give us your take on the topics below, and you might get published in a future issue: Road Trip Americans rediscovered the road trip this past summer. Tell us about the trips you took and memories you made along the way. What were your favorite stops? Be sure to send photos! Please label your submission “Road Trip.” Parks National, state and county parks are scenic destinations that offer plenty of recreational opportunities. Tell us about the parks you have visited and share a few photos with us. Label your submission “Parks.” Hidden Gems What off-the-beaten-path places do you enjoy exploring? Is there a destination close to home that visitors should know about? We’d…

2 min.
dear country …

My 85-year-old dad, Terry Moore, has been on this ranch south of Vivian, South Dakota, since he was 5 years old. Here he is sharing his love of the land with three of his great-grandkids. CAROLYN JENSEN Sturgis, South Dakota I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED reading about the Sky Island Scenic Byway in the November issue of Country Extra (page 30). While in the U.S. Air Force, I was stationed in Tucson, Arizona. When my parents, Emily and O.A. Walker, came to visit me from Houston, Texas, in mid-April 1975 for my 21st birthday, I shared my favorite spots with them. Although not the best or most professional photo, here’s one that I snapped while we toured Mount Lemmon. On the day we drove up Mount Lemmon in my yellow Volkswagen Beetle, it was warm enough…

3 min.
surprise encounter

I KNEW A 12-DAY motor coach tour out West would be a special vacation. I hadn’t thought I’d learn that the old adage, “It’s a small world,” is definitely true! After touring Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park and Needles Highway, we visited Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota. The tour director gave us an hour to explore. We viewed the incredible monument being sculpted in the mountain and watched two Native Americans dance and tell stories, then my husband and I browsed in the gift shop. I like to buy bookmarks as souvenirs of the various landmarks we visit. I found a suitable bookmark within minutes, so I went to the checkout area to pay. Seeing my nametag issued by the travel company, the cashier asked me where I was from. As I…

2 min.
wakulla springs, florida

IF YOU’RE ON A JOURNEY through the Florida Panhandle, consider stopping in Wakulla Springs. Located south of Tallahassee, Wakulla Springs is the state’s largest and deepest freshwater spring and is protected within Wakulla Springs State Park. Each day, more than 200 million gallons of water flow through the 185-foot-deep spring. At the designated swimming area, where the water stays frigid at about 70 degrees year-round, lifeguards oversee kids jumping off the 20-foot diving platform—and make sure no one sneaks into the roped-off area of the springs, where they might encounter (or get eaten by) an alligator. The unique swimming hole is impressive, but it’s just one of many reasons to visit. There’s also the area’s film history, abundant wildlife and super cool lodge. In the 1940s and ’50s, Creature from the Black Lagoon and…

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wakulla’s wonders

Put an Oar In Book a kayak or canoe tour with TNT Hideaway to observe manatees up close in the Wakulla River or take a moonlight paddle. tnthideaway.com Wildlife Watching St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 80,000 acres of coastal marshes, islands, tidal creeks and estuaries. See alligators sunning in the wetlands and eagles flying overhead as you hike the trails. Migratory birds stop over in winter, making the refuge a global birding hot spot. Hike to the beach and see St. Marks Lighthouse. fws.gov/refuge/St_Marks Rails to Trails The Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail is 16 miles of mostly paved path. Cyclists can follow it from the state capital to the beach in St. Marks. Plan your visit: floridastateparks.org/ WakullaSprings…