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Passionate about Pulaski County

While I have only been a resident of Pulaski since 1995, I have been visiting this wonderful town since my early youth. Grandmother’s house was a frequent destination for my family when my sister and I were on break from school. When our station wagon finally found the Route 99 exit, I always jumped up to look out the window to see if the tin man was still perched on top of the Pulaski Tinning Company building. The tree lined streets of this community built on rolling hills were so different from the flat, cookie cutter subdivision where I lived in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. It still amazes me how diverse and unique the architecture is in our town.
I have fond memories of the many trips we made to Pulaski during my childhood. It appeared as though my grandfather knew everyone and the people seemed to be much friendlier than those in the busy suburbs. People actually took the time to speak to one another. My sister and I learned to fish and water ski at Claytor Lake. I had some of my first hiking and hunting experiences in the National forest lands that run along the New River Valley. Little did I know, that one day, these wonderful experiences and memories would draw me back to Pulaski. It is here that I met my lovely wife Stacy and it is Pulaski where we chose to live and raise our family.
My passion about Pulaski is the recreational opportunities that abound within minutes of our home and sharing their discovery with my children – Abbey and Ben. I want to instill in them a great appreciation for all things wild and for the environment in which they live. One day they will have the responsibility of being good stewards of our natural resources — both local and global.
The New River Trail State Park runs right through Pulaski. It was a convenient venue for me to introduce mountain biking to my children on a safe, picturesque, and relatively flat trail. It winds through the woods, over bridges and by the rushing waters of Peak Creek . Each trip we take leads us further from the train station where we park. I can’t wait until their little legs get strong enough to allow us to ride out to the bridge over the New River in Allisonia.
A summer float trip on The New River was a big hit for Abbey and Ben. I can think of no better way to spend a hot summer day! An outing at Claytor Lake was the setting for our first fishing adventure and we look forward to many more. Gatewood Park was quite a discovery for us. The deep tree lined reservoir was much larger than expected and we were amazed at the amenities available. A winter trout fishing excursion is next on our fishing agenda. There are many trout streams in our area including Peak Creek, which offer tremendous fishing opportunities and amazing scenery. Patience is a virtue we are all still working on while fishing. When the "bite" is slow, hiking and scientific exploration keeps us busy!
We have just scratched the surface of the many outdoor opportunities available in our back yard. For our family, these shared outdoor experiences drive our desire to do and see more. Pulaski is an amazing place with diverse recreational opportunities waiting to be discovered, yet is often taken for granted. The Pulaski County Visitor Center is a great resource to guide you to these outdoor adventures. I encourage all readers to take time out of their busy schedule and share the wonders of nature that we are blessed to have — right here in Pulaski.

Passionate about Pulaski County

While I have only been a resident of Pulaski since 1995, I have been visiting this wonderful town since my early youth. Grandmother’s house was a frequent destination for my family when my sister and I were on break from school. When our station wagon finally found the Route 99 exit, I always jumped up to look out the window to see if the tin man was still perched on top of the Pulaski Tinning Company building. The tree lined streets of this community built on rolling hills were so different from the flat, cookie cutter subdivision where I lived in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. It still amazes me how diverse and unique the architecture is in our town.
I have fond memories of the many trips we made to Pulaski during my childhood. It appeared as though my grandfather knew everyone and the people seemed to be much friendlier than those in the busy suburbs. People actually took the time to speak to one another. My sister and I learned to fish and water ski at Claytor Lake. I had some of my first hiking and hunting experiences in the National forest lands that run along the New River Valley. Little did I know, that one day, these wonderful experiences and memories would draw me back to Pulaski. It is here that I met my lovely wife Stacy and it is Pulaski where we chose to live and raise our family.
My passion about Pulaski is the recreational opportunities that abound within minutes of our home and sharing their discovery with my children – Abbey and Ben. I want to instill in them a great appreciation for all things wild and for the environment in which they live. One day they will have the responsibility of being good stewards of our natural resources — both local and global.
The New River Trail State Park runs right through Pulaski. It was a convenient venue for me to introduce mountain biking to my children on a safe, picturesque, and relatively flat trail. It winds through the woods, over bridges and by the rushing waters of Peak Creek . Each trip we take leads us further from the train station where we park. I can’t wait until their little legs get strong enough to allow us to ride out to the bridge over the New River in Allisonia.
A summer float trip on The New River was a big hit for Abbey and Ben. I can think of no better way to spend a hot summer day! An outing at Claytor Lake was the setting for our first fishing adventure and we look forward to many more. Gatewood Park was quite a discovery for us. The deep tree lined reservoir was much larger than expected and we were amazed at the amenities available. A winter trout fishing excursion is next on our fishing agenda. There are many trout streams in our area including Peak Creek, which offer tremendous fishing opportunities and amazing scenery. Patience is a virtue we are all still working on while fishing. When the "bite" is slow, hiking and scientific exploration keeps us busy!
We have just scratched the surface of the many outdoor opportunities available in our back yard. For our family, these shared outdoor experiences drive our desire to do and see more. Pulaski is an amazing place with diverse recreational opportunities waiting to be discovered, yet is often taken for granted. The Pulaski County Visitor Center is a great resource to guide you to these outdoor adventures. I encourage all readers to take time out of their busy schedule and share the wonders of nature that we are blessed to have — right here in Pulaski.