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F Want to Feel Like Yourself Again? Bioidentical Hormone Therapy RESTORED ENERGY • WEIGHT LOSS • SEX DRIVE Dr. Chris A. Pate, MD • Obesity Medicine • Sexual Health • Menopause Certified 910-399-6661 265 Racine Drive, Suite 102 Wilmington, NC 28403 BIOSYMMETRY.COM Future development of the wilderness was averted by a 30-year saga that eventually saw Morton turn from commercializing the slumbering backcountry to helping save it. To avoid controversy over closing the trails, Morton was per-suaded to charge a hiking fee and use the money to shore up the dangerous paths. Over ensuing years, hordes of hikers discovered why the mountain was named a North Carolina Natural Heritage Area in the late ’70s. Researchers began to document the mountain’s unappreciated biodiversity and a “new side” of Grandfather started attracting public appreciation. By the early 1990s, Morton had been persuaded to sell conservation easements on portions of the mountain — just as controversy exploded over his plans to develop a new resort on the almost 3,000 acres we now see preserved as a park. He and a partner proposed building upscale homes on one of the mountain’s most pristine parcels, closing an ancient trail that led early explorers to the peaks. Fortunately, The Nature Conservancy, which calls the 6,000-foot Calloway Peak a “globally significant site” for biological diversity, and contributors like Fred Stanback Jr. of Salisbury’s Stanback Headache Powder Company, and wife Alice Stanback, bought the property and secured its preservation. Above: Waving grasses on the Parkway’s Tanawha Trail near Blowing Rock make it easy to appreciate Margaret Morley’s advice to “rest on the warm hillside fanned by the cool breeze, for no matter how hot the summer sun, there is always a cool breeze in the high world at the back of the Grandfather.” Top right: Hikers share the view from Rough Ridge, a crag on the flank of Grandfather reached from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Bottom right: Randy Johnson nears the top of MacRae Peak with the Blue Ridge Parkway far below. 50 WBM june 2015


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