Travel & Outdoor
Country Extra

Country Extra May 2018

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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flowers of may

WILDFLOWERS ARE EVERYWHERE in this issue. The welcome sign of spring sprouts in mountain valleys and across prairies, beckoning us to get outside and explore. Taking a wildflower walk can be as easy as lacing up your shoes and heading out the front door, but if you’re looking for a bit of an adventure, find inspiration on page 34, where Karin Leperi profiles wildflower walks in California, Washington, Colorado and the prairies of Kansas; Chuck Haney in Montana. Peak blooms span the summer, so there’s plenty of time to plan your next trip. Also in this issue, readers honor the sacrifices of those who served our country in wartime. Daryl Gerke writes a stirring tribute to his brother-in-law (page 42), and Jacqueline St. Hilaire explores the legacy of a man she wishes…

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everyone has a story... what’s yours?

GOOD NEIGHBORS Having someone you can always count on is a blessing. Has a special neighbor, friend, co-worker or local organization made a difference in your life or community? Give these good Samaritans the recognition they deserve by sending us photos and telling a story about them. THE COUNTRY ALMANAC Is there a wonderful local tradition or event that you’d like to share with readers across the country? Tell us what’s happening in your neck of the woods throughout the year. Send us a few lines describing the event or the ways in which you mark the changing seasons. LIFE IN FOCUS Our talented readers take amazing photos of country life. If you’re a shutterbug with images to share, send them to us. And please tell us a little about what’s going on in the…

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mother’s day on the road

For the last 15 years, my husband, Fred, and I have traveled to national parks out west. My mother, Ivy, went with us for several years, and then our group grew to include Aunt Julia and two of her friends. Together we’ve visited Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to name a few. We took them every year in May as a Mother’s Day present (the photo above was taken on Mother’s Day in 2006). Fred called them his Eighties Ladies because they were all in their 80s. Many asked him how he could travel with all these women. Fred’s answer was always, “I consider it my privilege.” The ladies are in their 90s now. We lost my mother a few years ago, and I would have to agree with Fred:…

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a peaceful morning

WE HAVE LIVED IN our house at the edge of town for 19 years and have never bought official “deck furniture.” We’ve always sat on the lawn, the steps or in a folding camp chair. If it gets too hot, windy or sunny, we can easily move to another spot. I work in an office five days a week, so on the weekends I like to start the day sitting outside in my chair with my beverage of choice—coffee, tea or orange juice—either on the deck or front sidewalk. From the sidewalk, I watch the birds at the feeders. If I position my chair on the east side of the deck, I can watch our garden grow. The west side of the deck is next to our crabapple trees, so it’s like…

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mom’s love of lilies

As I walk around the exterior of my house, I smile and think about some of the things my mom taught me to cherish. My mother always loved lilies. Our home was surrounded by an assortment of colors: yellow, orange, white and pink. When I was growing up, she had me gather fresh bouquets and display them in a vase on the kitchen table, filling the room with lovely scents and cheerfulness. To her, the beauty of flowers was a celebration of love and harmony. As time went on, I, too, learned to appreciate the magnificence of this beautiful flower. Today Mom would have been 93. As I look and see a lily spread its wings and come to a full bloom, I smile and thank her for sharing one of her passions…

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isn’t this a nice rain?

My mother, Helen Sullivan, was a thoughtful and caring person. When a grandchild or great-grandchild was ill, she called every day to check on them. She reminded us to take a jacket along in case the weather changed. And when we visited, she made sure the grandkids got a cold drink of water before going home. My sister, brothers and I often chuckled about this because none of us lived more than a couple of miles away. Mom loved rain, the holidays and fixing things for the kids to eat, especially chicken and noodles. Her great-grandchildren call her Nanny Ma, so the noodles became known as Nanny Ma Noodles. Sadly Mom passed away in September 2013, but she had touched our lives in so many ways. Recently, my youngest granddaughter, Chelsey, invited…