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Country Extra

Country Extra November 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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1 min.
words to live by

READER LOUIS BUTTINO got my attention with a simple phrase: “no quit, no complaints.” That’s the mantra he and his friends travel by. They call themselves the Upstate Voyagers, and they range in age from 56 to 77. The Voyagers’ can-do spirit makes them the group to road-trip with. On page 44, Louis and his friends take us on their fall color ride along the Cherokee Foothills Byway in South Carolina. Louis’ story is part of this year’s Best Scenic Roads special section, which describes six drives from across the country. “No quit, no complaints” is a way of life for many who call the country home, and you’ll meet a few of them in this issue. When her church’s membership began to dwindle, Valerie Chenet helped organize a quilt show-and-tell event…

1 min.
field editor

“I am the wife of an amazing man and the mom of two teenage girls. I have a neuromuscular disease, so I have learned to ‘refocus through the lens of disability.’ As a result of a slower pace, I really appreciate the beauty of God’s amazing creation! Each week my husband takes me for a drive through the countryside, allowing me to photograph the mountains, orchards, farms, lakes, flowers, wildlife, sunsets and much more.” See Anne’s work on page 14. Become a Country Field Editor! Apply at country-magazine.com/fieldeditors…

2 min.
dear country…

I am a Marine veteran who loves to travel, and I took up photography to simply remember where I’ve been. I instantly took a liking to my new hobby, as well as all the places I’ve visited—including Tennessee’s Pigeon Forge (right). My family and I go there on vacation from time to time. The more I visit the Great Smoky Mountains, the more serenity I experience. Joseph Johnson Brunswick, Georgia JUST AN FYI REGARDING a photo in the July issue (right). In the photo on page 21, Lyle Stuby stands in a cornfield with a sign that reads, “July 4, ’06 ‘Knee-High.’” That saying actually refers to the knee of a rider sitting on a horse, not a man or woman standing on the ground. Debbie Ortega Des Plaines, Illinois I AM A CITY…

1 min.
a golden opportunity

I went on a trip to Las Vegas in November of 2015 with my wife, Heidi, and our 16-year-old son, Alex. One of our must-do excursions was to visit Zion National Park in Utah, which is about a three-hour drive from the city. We hiked the strenuous 5-mile Angels Landing Trail in Zion Canyon. The hike starts out on a flat dirt path. Once the terrain heads uphill, it is steep but easy to walk on. In the photo, you can see many switchbacks on the lower right and the path on the left. Before long, we reached a decision point. We took the warning signs seriously but continued on. It was the most exhilarating hike we have ever been on! Parts of the trail were just a narrow ledge on a…

1 min.
precious stones

YEARS AGO, I WAS WATCHING my 5-year-old grandson Thomas when he asked if we could play find the button. It was our little game—I’d hide a bright pink button somewhere and he’d go find it. After much searching, Thomas just couldn’t spot his prize. So I told him the bright pink button was in the side pocket of my purse. That’s when he noticed a pretty stone inside the bag. He asked me about the stone, and I said, “Don’t you remember? You gave it to me last year when we were on the beach in Minnesota.” Thomas must have been very impressed that I kept the stone in my purse for over a year. Because during my next visit he asked, “How many purses do you have, Grandma?” He then presented me…

1 min.
crazy for cows

MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE to wander around antique shops. We are always looking for our favorite collectibles, and I’m passionate about collecting cows. It started about five years ago when I saw a cow creamer that looked just like the one that sat on my grandmother’s dining room table. Her cow held the delicious sweet cream that she put in her coffee every morning. I decided that I had to have that little creamer, and the tradition began. Now, whenever I am in a shop it is like an Easter egg hunt because creamers are not as common as they once were. I have found that the four-legged creamers are the most common, the squatters are a little harder to find and the busts are rare. My collection at the moment…