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CONTENTS
F E AT U R E S

22 Pup 'Parenting:' Nurturing Gray Wolves to Maturity
Our writer/photographer spent three months "living" with the gray
wolves of Bays Mountain Park in east Tennessee. BY JAY HURON

28 She's 15, She's Knowledgeable and She's Outside
Virginia Ward's love of the outdoors has propelled her to a national
award. BY MARLA HARDEE MILLIING

36 Sneak Peek: '21 Great Smokies and Blue Ridge
Parkway Wall Calendars

J. Scott Graham has celebrated the beauty of the parks for 25 years.

40 Keeping the Old Ways Alive

Virginia's Kevin Riddle may be more comfortable in the 17th century than
in this one. BY BRUCE INGRAM

43 Recollections of Uncle Condia

A few tools, a father's memories and a look back at a life well spent.
BY JULIA NUNNALLY DUNCAN

45 Doggies in the Mountains

Thanks to our readers for catching their canines at one of the places they
love best-out on the rocks.

49 Western North Carolina High Country Quick Guide
Here's your guide to year-round fun amid the beauty of the mountains.
BY MARLA HARDEE MILLING

58 The First Family of Christmas Displays

The Glover family of east Tennessee dedicates its year to getting ready for
great drive-thru holiday celebrations. BY NANCY HENDERSON

DEPARTMENTS
	5	Letters/Contributors
	6	 From the Editor
	8	Mill Creek Stories
	10 	 Creature Feature
	12	 The Good Walk
14 	 Our Blue Ridge Towns
16 Festivals & Events
	18 	 Country Roads
62	 Flavors
	64	 Singing in the Garden
	66	 Guest Column
ON THE COVER
Volunteer puppy parents howl with Ela, one of four twoweek-old wolf puppies they helped to raise and socialize in
2014. For much more on the gray wolves' introduction to
Tennessee's Bays Mountain Park, see Jay Huron's story on
page 22. PHOTO BY JAY HURON

ON THIS PAGE
Pictured from the Blue Ridge Parkway, a cloud inversion
surrounds Looking Glass Rock in North Carolina's Pisgah
National Forest. PHOTO BY NICHOLAS MOORE
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