Half of Americans Get Outdoors October 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

The United States is a nation of outdoor lovers. As proof, consider that more than 146 million Americans participated in outdoor activities in 2017, according to the Outdoor Industry Association’s annual survey report released in July. That represents 49 percent of the total U.S. population, age 6 and older. According to the report, the top […]

Healing Vets With Rod and Reel October 25th, 2018 by Brandon Pomrenke

Annual fishing event in the Florida Keys brings together disabled veterans and volunteers for three days of camaraderie and adventure “Whoa, flying fish!” “Man, this is going to be great!” Noticeably absent from the cheerful calls heard over the whir of fishing boat engines are discussions of post-traumatic stress disorder, combat and wounds that still […]

Southern-Touch Thanksgiving October 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

These dishes marry rich Southern flavors for a twist on traditional holiday food Pumpkin Pie Parfaits 12 ounces fresh or canned pumpkin purée 2 24-ounce cans heavy cream coconut milk, unmixed 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon nutmeg ½ teaspoon allspice ½ teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/3 cup sugar 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 […]

Keeping a Family Tradition October 25th, 2018 by Scott Laird

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas trees at a throwback farm in Oregon’s Nehalem River Valley The Christmas season means different things to different people. Holiday traditions such as hanging a wreath on the front door or decorating the house with colorful lights is part of the holiday charm. A cherished tradition for […]

A Lesson in Stewardship September 25th, 2018 by Curtis Condon

Pop was a cheapskate—at least that’s what I once thought. A fishing rock star to me and my childhood friends, Pop wandered streams and lake shores picking up lures, hooks and other tackle snagged on submerged logs or rocks, or tangled in brush. He cleaned them up and reused them. We would do that, too, […]

In the Line of Fire September 25th, 2018 by Joel McCollough

Inside the early days of the Cranston Fire and the race to restore power with Anza Electric linemen It was around noon July 25 when Sandy King first saw smoke. High above the Southern California desert in the bucket of a hydraulic lift, the lineman from Anza Electric Cooperative was hooking up a new transformer […]

Of Clouds and Dreams September 25th, 2018 by David LaBelle

I spent many wonder-filled afternoons lying on my back in spring pastures or early summer hayfields watching cotton clouds lumber across blue skies. It was a magical, entertaining, curiosity-filled time, my dreams floating upward, attaching to slow-moving shapes before disappearing to faraway lands. I often wondered where the clouds went after they left my view. […]

Breakfast Delights September 25th, 2018 by Jennifer Brown

Grape Smoothie Bowl 1/2 avocado 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen 1 cup packed baby spinach 2 cups green grapes, divided 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced Pinch of salt 1 tablespoon chia seeds 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted coconut chips In a blender, combine avocado, bananas, spinach, 1 cup […]

The Plastic Herd September 25th, 2018 by Mike Teegarden

Rescued horses find new life, thanks to artistic owner Christine DiCurti keeps an unusual stable of livestock at her Ester, Alaska, home. Among them are a zebra, an appaloosa and a clown fish horse—named Nemo, of course. These are not your typical thoroughbreds, though. Christine creates colorful yard art from old plastic rocking horses, transforming […]

2019 Ruralite Calendar Photos September 6th, 2018 by Duy Mai

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Ruralite Calendar Photo Contest. Hover over the images for photo credit and captions.