|The view from Bald Knob at Mountain Lake Lodge.|
|Kayak and Canoe trip down the New River...|
trail runs to places like War Spur Overlook...
workouts at Pandapas Pond...
and a long run past the Cascades Waterfall
all welcomed the Spiders to Giles County.
|Nightly camp fires for telling stories and roasting s'mores.|
The county has preserved it's natural beauty and over the past several years started focusing even more on it's amazing resources...the Blue Ridge Mountains and the New River. The New River Water Trail offers some of the most amazing views found on any eastern U.S. river. Limestone cliffs call to you as you float by and watch as water fowl and the occasional bald eagle float by.
We took a 6 mile afternoon trip on the water trail with our men's and women's teams which included kayak's and canoe's rented from Tangent Outfitters in Pembroke. Talk about awesome people! Owner Shawn Hash and staff were amazing...They were waiting at the drop in point for our teams and picked us up on the other end of the 3.5 hour float trip.
|Lori and Luke|
For us Giles County is where it begins...the great people...that laid back feeling you get when you are there...the cool mountain air...the slight altitude at Mountain Lake Lodge and the majestic mountains of Giles County keep pulling us back every year as our athletes prepare for the season.
If you haven't been to Mountain Lake Lodge or Giles County, place it on your list of destinations. You will find yourself going back for more...Lori and I have been doing so together for over 30 years...and hope to do so for 30 more.
|War Spur Overlook on the mountain past the Mountain Lake Lodge.|
|A few team members on a stretch of the 37 miles of the New River in Giles County.|