“I like to get down there in my chair either at sunup or sundown — that 20 minutes between light and dark is almost magical out there. There’s so much going on. The daytime creatures are getting ready for bed, and the nighttime creatures are coming out. I like to sit down there and listen.”
— Greg Beach

By Cassandra Brown
Staff Journalist
FauquierNOW

He describes life along the Rappahannock River as peaceful and adventurous, with plenty of wildlife.

For more than 50 years, the largely unspoiled waterway along Fauquier’s western boundary has fascinated self-described “river rat” Greg Beach, a county native.

“I go canoeing all the time. Every other evening, I’m on that river,” Mr. Beach says. “My dog and my cat go canoeing with me, too.”

He does custom carpentry and has a part-time maintenance job at a farm near Brandy Station. But, the 63-year-old devotes most of his spare time to exploring the river.

He started canoeing the Rappahannock as a Boy Scout.

“I’ve been boating all my life,” Mr. Beach says. “When I was a kid, when I first saw the river, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.”

Others who enjoy the outdoors will spot Mr. Beach canoeing the Rappahannock or walking its banks any hour of the day.

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