Piles of Fun

Country - - FROM THE EDITOR -

Be­ing out­side in the fresh fall air and mak­ing piles for my kids to jump in is pure bliss. Ev­ery year I try to build the ul­ti­mate, mon­ster-sized mound, but my kids can’t seem to wait for me to fin­ish. They dive in as soon as the leaves are knee-high. I don’t mind. Their joy makes the work easy.

This is­sue is a lit­tle like those piles—full of color and fun. The lat­ter starts on page 10 with a story from field ed­i­tor Mandi

Wood, who writes about rac­ing her brother to the top of

Ge­or­gia’s high­est peak. It’s a sweet mem­ory that hope­fully in­spires you to head out­side and feel the leaves crunch­ing un­der your feet. For a more whim­si­cal look at the sea­son, turn to page 50, where Darla Hoff’s straw bale art leads you to farm fields full of car­toon char­ac­ters.

Fo­liage is ev­ery­where in this is­sue. Gor­geous au­tumn scenery starts with the cover and con­tin­ues on page 32 in Amer­ica the Beau­ti­ful, which fea­tures amaz­ing land­scape pho­tos from some of Amer­ica’s best pho­tog­ra­phers. On page 40, David Jensen takes you on a jour­ney through the Ore­gon side of the Columbia River Gorge, where fall trans­forms the mighty cliffs into a kalei­do­scope of color.

We put to­gether this is­sue hop­ing to bring you the best of fall— the fla­vors, the fo­liage, the hol­i­days and the pump­kins. Here’s your leaf pile. Dive in!

Mar­ija An­dric, Ed­i­tor mar­ija@coun­try-mag­a­zine.com

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