Travel & Outdoor
Country Extra

Country Extra November 2017

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.
road to adventure

SUNDAY DRIVES were my dad’s favorite pastime. He’d load us all into our Volkswagen bus and take us around Arizona—grape picking in Florence, swimming in Payson or picnicking in the mountains of Flagstaff. In this issue, one of my favorite destinations, Oak Creek Canyon, is featured in our scenic drives special section, which starts on page 32. It’s a bit of a white-knuckle drive that, as I remember it, had my mother cowering in her seat (she denies this). I’d stare out my window, amazed at the beauty of the Grand Canyon State. Years later, I traveled that scenic route with my husband-to-be and asked him to drive so I could relive that feeling of awe. Also in our special section, readers Hal and Shirley Broadhead of Littleton, Colorado, take you on…

1 min.
country online!

Find all sorts of extras from Country readers on Facebook, rd.com and Instagram. If you aren’t following us regularly on social media or visiting rd.com, here’s what you’re missing: Photo of the Day: Tracy Rine captured this image during goat kidding season this spring at their farm. Everyone was busy with kidding chores, so the Great Pyrenees was babysitting! facebook.com/ countrymagazine We posted reader Chris Wedding’s photo of a serene morning on a lake in Fairview, Michigan. instagram.com/country.magazine Check out rd.com/30things for a gorgeous slideshow that will make you fall more in love with our country.…

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everyone has a story... what’s yours?

MAKE US LAUGH Country life produces its fair share of sidesplitting moments. Here at Country and Country Extra, we love nothing more than a good laugh. Share your silliest stories and jokes, and send us pictures of the amusing antics and quirky sights you’ve seen across America. FALL FUN Crisp mornings, vibrant foliage and scenes of farmers harvesting their crops make this season spectacular. Show us why you love fall in the country. Send us your stories and photos of apple picking, trips to the pumpkin patch, hayrides and playing in piles of leaves. HAPPY HOLIDAYS The most wonderful time of the year is almost here, and we want to know how your family embraces the special traditions, customs and festivities of Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving and more. Pass along your favorite memories with photos and…

1 min.
my blessings keep giving

I grew up in a rural community with more cows than people. We were a mixed family, with children and our loving grandmother living together. We spent a lot of time growing vegetables, caring for fruit trees and making home-cooked meals. Finding the apple trees laden with fresh fruit was delightful. And a couple of times a week every autumn we set out to find wood for the stove. It was an amazing adventure to me as a boy. Without an abundance of things, I learned to appreciate the marvelous gifts that surrounded my family. Joy was found not from stuff, but from playing outside in the forests or down in the garden. The sound of laughter was often heard. And we forged tight bonds with neighbors and friends, with whom we…

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grandpa’s helper

My daughter, Hayden, is 2 years old and helps her grandfather, Pop (my dad), check the cows. Pop loves it when she visits. He shows her the tractors and takes her all around the farm. Going to see the cows is their special thing. When Pop and Hayden drive through the pasture, she likes to help by saying the numbers on the ear tags or by giving the cows some grain. Her favorite thing is trying to high-five or fist-bump the cows. She gets excited when they nuzzle her hand with their noses because she thinks they’re giving her a fist-bump right back. Because I grew up on the farm, there’s nothing better than watching my child love the country life like I do. I want Hayden to learn to be responsible and…

1 min.
november moods

SQUIRRELS AND CHIPMUNKS have their harvests in, and the bugs are subdued by now. Grasshoppers don’t sing and crickets don’t chirp. It’s safe to knock out hornet nests, and spiders no longer expand their real estate. The air is clear, and the wind plays on dry oak leaves, evergreens and bare wood. We might get ice and we might get snow, but mostly we see frost, sun or rain. We wait. We change the clocks; we can see light in the morning but not in the evening. The brown leaves on the ground are blown into places where they seem to stay forever. The fire makes its crackling sound in the cast-iron woodstove almost all the time now, ticking notes upward on the scale as it heats, downward as it cools. The…