Vermonters can’t wait to get outside when warm weather shows up — heck, as soon as it’s above freezing. Lakes and swimming holes beckon, berries beg to be picked, and a festival of some sort pops up every weekend. But in this issue we suggest other ways to enjoy the great outdoors — and maybe see new-to-you parts of the state. Ken Picard pedals a new stretch of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Rachel Elizabeth Jones curates an art walk around Middlebury College campus. Sarah Tuff Dunn finds activities for adrenaline junkies. Ethan de Seife pursues history on the statewide African American Heritage Trail — and Vermont snakes on an eco-minded field trip. Not sure we’re with him on that last one, but no judgment. Creemees, anyone?