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CONTENTS

DEPARTMENTS
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Letters/Contributors
From the Editor
Creature Feature
Mill Creek Stories
The Good Walk
Our Blue Ridge Towns
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Flavors
Singing in the Garden
Guest Column

ON THE COVER
Pat and Chuck Blackley took this
shot of a cyclist on the Skyline
Drive in Shenandoah National Park,
Virginia,passing a field of blooming
sunflowers north of Big Meadows.

F E AT U R E S

22
Mountain Curios 2020:
Our Annual Collection of the Strange but True
BY SU CLAUSON-WICKER, ANGELA MINOR, BENJAMIN MURPHY,
CHRIS OLSON, JOE TENNIS

28 Travel Guide '20: Take the Quiz, then Take the Trip
What kind of traveler are you? Once our quiz delivers the answer,
our travel guide delivers the destinations. BY GRANT CURRIN

40 Loving on the Cold: A Photo Essay

Our contributing photographers present the mountains
in their winter finest.

44
The Mountain Almanac: 12 Months of Lore,
Recipes, Tips and more.
Our year-long keepsake is back with new tidbits for a new year.
BY GINNY NEIL AND JENNA NOVOSEL

56 Big Guy, Big Animals: How Justin McVey Came
to Care for Hefty Creatures

His path to large-animal vet took a few natural turns along the way.

PHOTO ON THIS PAGE: A pink
hue colors the sky along the
Appalachian Trail at Carvers Gap, along
the Tennessee/North Carolina state line.
See page 38 for more great winter
mountain photography.

BY NANCY HENDERSON

59 The Girl Scout Who Went Dark (Skies)

Lora Callahan not only founded her own scout troop, but also went
on to be a key part in establishing Virginia's second dark-sky state
park. BY ERIC J. WALLACE

PHOTO BY NICHOLAS MOORE

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