Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 6

FROM
FROM THE
THE EDITOR
EDITOR

The Good Walk

The good urban walk can include stops atop a mountain and walks through a village, as here
with Gail Rheinheimer atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke and Kurt headed back from the Roanoke
River Greenway with granddaughter Ava.

As cities and towns throughout the mountains build new greenways, trails and other
walkways, there's the potential for a new era of great walks. Our new column presents
just one such customizable experience. We hope you'll help us find and explore more.
by Kurt Rheinheimer
I took a look back at the year-2004-that Gail and I began
our practice of hiking every weekend. We put in 566
miles that year, and all on real trails in real woods. An
average of more than 10 miles a week.
How things have changed. To the extent that our
2016 total was almost exactly half that-281 miles-
and with a significant portion of that done on greenways and other urban routes.
Which brings us quickly to the topic at hand: After
nearly 20 years of a department in this magazine called
"The Hike," columnist and hiker extraordinaire Leonard Adkins has agreed to continue to write the column
in its new iteration.
Which is not to say he won't be taking us into the
woods now and again. And not to say there won't be
some good distances to cover with wildlife and scenery
to take in.
But in deference to the wonderful printed and online resources for hikes in our seven-state region, and
in recognition of the lack of resources for sort of nonstandard hikes, the new column-"The Good Walk"-
will seek out and present treks that are:
* Customizable in length.
* Include attractions and destinations aside from
mountain peaks and vistas, wildflowers and wildlife.
* Are, or can be undertaken as an aspect of a visit to
a town or region for purposes beyond walking as well.
* Attractive and relevant, we hope, to our readers.
For Gail and me at least, such walks have become
increasingly common and compelling. In recent visits
to Charlottesville, Virginia, for example-where our
primary lure was live music-we have begun to explore
the 20-mile, multiple-entry-point Rivanna Trail, which
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encircles the city.
The beauty is that you get your walking in, you experience some wooded areas, and at the same time you
can get off and walk to the pedestrian mall for lunch,
say. Or you can get off and walk the campus of Gail's
alma mater, say, as the University of Virginia has its
own walking routes, connecting in several places to
the Rivanna Trail.
And here in our home town of Roanoke, we continue to build new hikes using both trails and greenways,
with one recent addition being to walk up the Star Trail
on the east side of Mill Mountain, walk down the west
side on the Loop Road, continue to Fork in the Alley
for lunch, and then go back, although we've cheated a
little by taking the Monument Trail around the side of
the mountain back to the Star Trail.
Point being: Building walks you can make as long
or as short as you want, with food and other lures built
in, is a lot of fun, and a good now-and-again alternative to real hikes in real woods.
For his first Good Walk (see page 18), Leonard returns to his home town of Charleston, West Virginia,
for a downtown exploration.
We hope you'll enjoy our new take on taking a
walk, and that you'll send along your own ideas and
discoveries in the realm. Because these kinds of walks
are not, per se, in the guidebooks and on the websites;
instead, they are invented by the people who go outside to take advantage of the ever-increasing number
of greenways, trails and even sidewalks to create their
own great days outside.
Send us your favorites of the realm: krheinheimer@
leisuremedia360.com. 


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017

Features
Festival Guide 2017
Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Wytheville Loves Edith
Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Cheese!
Departments
From the Editor
Contributors
Mill Creek Stories
Worth a Click
Creature Feature
The Good Walk
Mountain Report
Country Roads
Singing in the Garden
Festivals & Events
Guest Column
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 3
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 5
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - From the Editor
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Contributors
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 8
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 11
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 12
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 13
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 14
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - The Good Walk
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 19
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 24
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festival Guide 2017
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 30
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 34
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Waterfalls of North Carolina: A Photo Essay
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 42
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Wytheville Loves Edith
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 47
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Barry Glick, Garden Guy
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 50
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 51
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Vanishing Landmarks of North Georgia
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 53
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 54
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 55
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Cheese!
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 57
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 59
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 60
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 61
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 63
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Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - 65
Blue Ridge Country - March/April 2017 - Guest Column
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