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Under Winter's Spell

Holly Kays photo

As winter settles into the mountains, I dream of spring flowers and warm sunlight—yet I hope for falling snow and sparkling ice. In my opinion, the worst kind of winter is the mediocre kind. Read more

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Rolling the Dice on a Walk in the Woods

Holly Kays photo

My sister and I were hiking a downhill section of Black Balsam—my favorite trail, a high-elevation loop featuring thickets of wild blueberries and grassy summits that offer to-die-for views of the surrounding Blue Ridge—when my foot caught on a rock. Read more

Outdoors