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Country Extra

Country Extra January 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.
the big chill

I ADMIRE FOLKS WHO find joy in snow. When the powder piles high outside, these ever-cheerful individuals reach for their boots, mittens and down jackets and venture out into a frozen wonderland. Thanks to them, we’ve put together a winter issue full of stories and photos that bring the season to life. First up is John Rabaey, who learned to shovel the driveway as a kid in Minnesota’s unforgiving winters (page 16). Dawn McKnight left a mild Mississippi winter to make her forever home along the Big Lost River in Idaho during a heavy snowfall (page 18). And on page 32, Renee Lund introduces you to the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. It was later in life that Renee, a reader, discovered her knack for taking amazing pictures—especially when temperatures plummet. Her photo…

1 min.
field editor

“I grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate New York and loved every minute of it. Our cows, horses, chickens, dogs and barn cats were my friends. My cousins and I played in the barns and in the ponds—basically anywhere that got our clothes dirty! Though I no longer live on the farm (I’m a classical singer, currently working on my master’s degree), I often head out to the country for hikes, drives or occasional horseback rides with friends.” See Kerysa’s work on page 54. Become a Country Field Editor! Apply at country-magazine.com/fieldeditors…

2 min.
dear country…

My husband and I were out for a ride in Greensboro, North Carolina, when we came upon this mailbox. I had to get a picture! We thought it was really unique, and we wanted to submit it so others could enjoy it too. Shirley Cook Belews Creek, North Carolina “OH, THESE RIPE Railroad Raspberries!” (July, page 18) brought back sweet memories of spending summers with my maternal grandparents in Bay Shore, New York. Bay Shore in the mid-1940s was rural, dotted with farms and dairies. Back then trains were steam-driven. And for a mile or so on either side of the tracks were huckleberry bushes. My grandmother gave me and my cousin Jim pails to fill. Our reward was a dish of berries with cream. The berry bushes are long gone, but the…

1 min.
over the river, in the woods

My parents spent their honeymoon vacationing along the Wisconsin side of Lake Superior, and when we were growing up, they brought us to “the big lake” many times. I’m not sure if that’s why I’ve always had a big place in my heart for the lakeshore, but I love spending time there. I shot this photo in 2017 at Amnicon Falls State Park in South Range. That weekend my younger sister, Holly, and I were out exploring. Before heading home, we stopped to see how the falls looked in the winter, after having seen it often in the warmer months. Judging from the lack of tracks in the freshly fallen snow, not many people ventured out in the cold to visit the park. The wind made the air feel a bit brisk,…

1 min.
snowy treats

Early in the 1960s, a group of about 15 girls and boys from Central Christian Church went north to spend the weekend in the mountains and escape a warm January in Phoenix, Arizona. The cars were loaded with kids, food supplies, extra covers and sleeping bags. We also took a gallon of tropical fruit juice concentrate, thinking it would be a treat when added to the cold mountain water. We headed to the high Rim Country and spent the first night in two rustic and worn old cabins at Kohl’s Ranch near Payson. The weather was overcast and chilly but dry. We settled down after the kids ran around the woods and became cold. They wanted to be inside where it was warm. Suddenly one of the kids said, “Look, it’s snowing outside!”…

1 min.
the long harvest

MY GRANDFATHER William Brewer (pictured below) was born on our family farm in Pierrepont, New York, in 1935. When he married his wife, Iona, in 1958, they planted a 5-acre forest of red pine on unused land. Each year they planted a few more acres until they had a 40-acre forest. After 60 years of hard work planting, thinning and trimming, it was time for the timber to be harvested. In the winter of 2018, at age 82, William and his son, Rick, cut the timber, which was to be made into telephone poles. In a few weeks, they hauled out three tractor-trailer loads of logs, totaling 163 trees. And there are still 35 acres of timber left standing to be harvested in the future.…