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Country Extra March 2019

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.
loving the desert

THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS were the backdrop of my childhood in Arizona. I went on my first official hike there in the second grade, when my teacher, Mrs. Head, organized a day trip to these storied mountains east of Phoenix. She did it on her own time (and dime) because she wanted to teach us to love the desert as much as she did. Thanks to her I get a thrill every time I see the Superstitions in the distance. In this issue, we follow Mrs. Head’s example and bring a few of America’s deserts to you. Starting on page 24, photographer Tim Fitzharris shows you the transformative power of spring in the dry regions of California, Arizona and Utah. In these arid places, drops of winter rain nourish an explosion of…

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. 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 Trips We love vacation stories! Show us the places you’ve explored along America’s back roads. On the Farm Agriculture is at the heart of country life. Tell us about your experiences working the land. Looking Back Do you have photos of the way it was? We’d love to see your old pictures. Scan your photos and send us the copies! Humor Rural life produces its fair share of side-splitting moments. Send us your silliest stories, jokes and photos.…

1 min.
field editor

“I was raised in a big family where we learned to make do at an early age by canning, sewing, cooking, baking—you name it. We repurposed items before it was the ‘in’ thing to do. We enjoy taking care of farm animals for friends and now have our own homestead in the city. We share what we learn with 4-H members and others interested in country living. Learning to be self-sufficient strengthens you and allows you to bless others.” See Lori’s work on page 44. Become a Country Field Editor! Apply at country-magazine.com/fieldeditors…

2 min.
dear country…

My daughter, Tegan, was born in North Carolina, but she’s lived most of her life in Wisconsin. I wanted to show her the area of her birth, so we took a whirlwind car trip through North Carolina. On the way home we stopped in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, where we watched the sun set at Blackrock Summit. As the late-afternoon sun touched the valley and sky, Tegan wandered off to a lower rocky area. Though the sun disappeared behind the clouds, I got a photo of my daughter that warms my heart. Dulcie Shoener Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin I COULDN’T HELP but get a little choked up when I saw the above photo on page 12 of the November issue. In this time of unrest, it is heartwarming to see a father in…

1 min.
the way out west

Living in central Utah, my husband, Tim Edwards, and I are within half a day’s drive to some of the country’s most spectacular national parks. During a spring trip to Zion, Utah’s first national park, we stopped at the Court of the Patriarchs. As the free shuttle disappeared down the road, we realized to our delight that we were alone as we walked a short distance toward the Virgin River. We stood together in silence beneath some cottonwood trees, their spring green leaves glowing in the afternoon sun. Then we heard a noise off to our right. Coming down the trail was a cowboy on horseback leading a string of horses and one mule. The day’s work done, they moved easily down the familiar trail, perhaps with thoughts of home, dinner and…

1 min.
what’s old is new

Give my mom, Linda Ashberry, something old and worthless and she will find a way to turn it into something beautiful with a new purpose. She has a knack for restoration. Mom collects agateware, a marbled pottery from the 18th century. When she finds rust-ravaged pieces like those in the photo above, she revitalizes them with some tender, loving care and a lot of elbow grease. Where does she look? Old houses and junk piles in the woods all over our little county. She’s used a rusted-out washtub as the centerpiece in a flowerbed, and even has old iron Singer sewing machines on stumps in the woods with green vines growing all around. In her yard, wagon wheels lean against trees with flowers growing beneath. A wreath hangs from a broken rocking…