Travel & Outdoor
Country Extra

Country Extra July 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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rites of the season

WHEN MY HUSBAND PLANTED OUR RASPBERRY BUSH almost four years ago, I was sure nothing would come of it. It’s just a stick, I dismissively thought. It took about two seasons to show me I was so wrong. That stick was actually a cane, and it’s now growing a touch out of control (sorry, neighbors). Picking those plump, sweet berries helps my children make a connection between the land and the food they eat. And waiting for them to ripen has become a family tradition. U-pick farms are a fantastic place to introduce children to this connection. Senior Editor Lori Vanover and the field editors profiled some of their favorites, which you’ll find on page 12. Tell me about the U-pick farms you love at the email address below. This issue is full…

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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. 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: Fall Traditions In autumn, we all look forward to leaves changing, visits to the pumpkin patch, Thanksgiving and other traditions. Share your favorite people, places and activities in fall, along with photos. Label your submission “Fall Traditions.” Christmas Our Christmas issue could be your family’s keepsake! Share the holiday traditions, family memories, stories and photos you treasure with us. You might see them in print in the Dec/Jan issue. Label your submission “Christmas.” Humor Rural life produces plenty sidesplitting moments. Share your funniest stories and jokes, and send us pictures of the amusing antics and quirky…

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dear country…

I am 86 years old and have been crocheting afghans for many years. I just completed this one for a raffle at our Lodge, and hopefully it is a good fundraiser! Here I am just stitching a line to hold the “weave” in place. LITA REID Carstairs, Alberta I READ AND LOOKED at every page in the Wonders of Winter issue (January). In the article “History in Miniature,” Bill Haas proudly displays his model of Marshfield’s round barn. Very nice! Your readers might want to know about the round barn in Circleville, Ohio, which is also home to the greatest free show on earth—the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The barn is smaller than the one in Marshfield. Julia Clifton Marysville, Ohio ON SUNDAYS I LEAD a Bible study class at my church. I begin the session…

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falling in love with nature

Hiking is one of the best ways to see the countryside. From an evening amble around the cow pasture to a three-day backpacking trip into the mountains, walking grounds me. Time spent in nature reminds me of simple joys and healthy living. The scenes our eyes absorb feed our souls. There is nothing like appreciating the glory of God’s creation. Exploring improves our lives, bonds us with our adventure partners, and helps us to focus on the bigger picture—the world around us. My husband, Cody, took this photo of me in the Bighorn Mountain range near Sheridan, Wyoming. It was July 2016, during our annual anniversary backpacking trip. We celebrate every year by venturing to new mountain ranges together.…

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living history

EVERY SUMMER we take our four children on a road trip. One year our itinerary included Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, New Jersey. On the drive to the park, I told the kids about that Christmas Eve during the American Revolutionary War when George Washington and his 2,400 troops crossed the ice-cold Delaware River in order to ambush the Hessians at Trenton. We parked the van and the six of us piled out into the afternoon heat and hiked down the path and onto the grass by the river. Two of our boys picked up sticks along the way and, of course, pretended to duel with swords. On his phone, my husband found a photo of Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. I could see a light bulb forming…

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our americana house

MY HUSBAND, RICHARD, WAS A TRUE PATRIOT. We were married 49 years, and when he passed away six years ago, I finished a tiny house that he had begun to build. I call it the Americana House (above) to honor Richard’s love for this country. Our neighbor, Pete, helped me finish it. We didn’t have any plans to follow, but as ideas occurred to me, Pete made them happen. He added a picket fence, vaulted ceiling, porch and cupola. Painting the fence white inspired me to do the trim and decor in red, white and blue. This tiny house has brought me a lot of joy. I like to relax on the front porch when I’m working in my flower beds, and friends and neighbors often come over to visit. It takes…