A Trip to the Beach

Country - - FROM THE EDITOR -

the kid­die pool is the hap­pi­est place to be at my house. A foot of wa­ter, a few buck­ets of sand and imag­i­na­tion over­load turn our Wis­con­sin back­yard into a beach—at least that’s how the kids see it.

As I watch them play, I sit back in a chair and look for re­al­life beaches in the pages of Coun­try. While we were putting this is­sue to­gether in the spring, wa­ter emerged as the theme. Per­haps we were long­ing for sum­mer­time and swim­ming holes?

The fun starts on page 16 with a road trip to Cocke County, Ten­nessee. I vis­ited last year and was im­pressed by the beauty of the French Broad River. The county, which is home to two more rivers plus the Smoky Moun­tains and a bur­geon­ing raft­ing com­mu­nity, is a quiet place to find ad­ven­ture.

If the ocean is what you seek, turn to page 30. There you’ll find pho­tos of gor­geous coasts in Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful. It’s amaz­ing to see how dif­fer­ent the oceans can ap­pear as they meet the di­verse shores of our coun­try.

Of course, a wa­ter is­sue wouldn’t be com­plete with­out the Great Lakes. On page 48 you’ll read about the ma­jes­tic land­scape and his­toric tragedies on Lake Su­pe­rior.

The Na­tional Ocean Ser­vice says there are 95,471 miles of shore (in­clud­ing oceans, lakes, creeks and rivers) to ex­plore in this coun­try. We’ve high­lighted a few of them; ex­plor­ing the rest is up to you.

Mar­ija An­dric, Ed­i­tor mar­ija@coun­try-mag­a­zine.com

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.