Travel & Outdoor
Country Extra

Country Extra May 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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to moms with love

MY FIRST MOTHER’S DAY as a mom is a bit of a blur. I’d only held the title for 20 days (my son was still a wrinkly little bundle), and as a newbie didn’t feel that I’d earned the day’s accolades. This issue features plenty of women who have. In our Mother’s Day roundup on page 58, readers Kenneth Penner, Dale Dickson and Anna Kirk describe in lovingly written tributes how these resourceful, strong and patient women raised them through difficult times. It’s clear that their legacy lives on in their children. Moms get a chance to tell their stories, too. On page 20 reader Beth Farris teaches her children to connect with nature, while on page 42 Rebecca Lane passes on the family farming heritage to the next generation. If you’d like…

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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: Heritage Recipes Tell the story behind recipes that have been in the family for generations. Harvest Share your memories of harvesttime on the farm. Fall Fun Describe your favorite fall tradition, whether it’s taking a hayride or picking apples. Good Neighbors Has a neighbor, friend or local organization made a difference in your life or community? Tell us about them.…

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field editor

“I am a writer and self-taught photographer, shooting vintage buildings and outdoor scenes in the Flint Hills region of Kansas. I love traveling down back roads, exploring little towns and looking for cool places with history. A lot of evenings, when my husband is golfing and my kids are with friends, I jump in my Jeep and go watch the sunset, or find some back road and shoot wildflowers.” See Jennifer’s work on page 32. Become a Country Field Editor! Apply at: country-magazine.com/fieldeditors…

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dear country…

After a sheep kissed her cheek during a kindergarten field trip to Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, Minnesota, my then-6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, informed me that she wants to be a farmer when she grows up. Matthew Engesser Eden Prairie, Minnesota “A STITCH IN TIME” (January 2019, page 42) brought back memories. We lived on a farm during the 1940s, when the feed for our chickens came in pretty print bags. None of them went to waste, but were turned into dresses and skirts for my mother, my sister and me. My dad knew to buy several sacks of the same print so there was enough to make dresses. One time he bought a large supply of the same red and white print. They all ended up in look-alike dresses for my aunt,…

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front-row seat to nature

Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary in Topsfield, Massachusetts, is my happy place. I go there on average once a week, to relax and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer. If I didn’t work full time, I would certainly be there more often. Approximately 12 miles of trails lead to all kinds of scenery. From wetlands to forests, you’re bound to discover something of interest. The area in this photo, which I snapped during spring, is a treasure-trove of wildlife. When walking along the boardwalk, you’re likely to see ducks, herons, egrets, turtles and beavers on either side of you. There’s another pond ahead where I have spotted minks, turtles, snakes, raccoons, deer and a large variety of birds—hawks, pileated woodpeckers, tree swallows, cedar waxwings, bluebirds and more. Each visit reveals…

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sunday drives

HIDDEN IN THE MOUNTAINS just north of Zion National Park in Utah is a small stream we love to visit in an area called Yankee Meadows. We live within driving distance of many beautiful places, so we often take a drive after church on Sundays and let the kids play in beauty before dinner. On this day, the children all were wearing matching shirts for one of their birthdays. My sister’s two little cowboys, TyDon and Brian, couldn’t wait to dangle their feet in the stream. The boys rolled up their britches so they wouldn’t get them wet. Kids are carefree even when they’re all dressed up for church.…