Thursday, June 24, 2010

Shenandoah Park - Pres. Hoover's Rapidan Camp

I enjoy working and enjoy spending time in our own backyard.  There's so much going on this time of year ... but now and then I am committed to scheduling "girl days."

Those girlfriend days provide lots of sweet warm memories of fun times when I get to be a bit of a child again ... because I never act my age when I get out. [grin]

My neighbor, Kathy, recently came up with a great idea to visit President Hoover's camp in the Shenandoah Park here in Virginia. It was a beautiful day.  The views from Skyline Drive were magnificent and there was a lot in bloom to enjoy.

Our ranger guide was excellent and we learned a lot. The Byrd Visitor Center provided the free three-hour trip with a shuttle down to the camp and back.  I saw a deer near the visitor center after we returned from the camp and it was so enthralled with whatever it was eating that I got within 12 feet of her.  I could've continued getting closer, but I don't like to make wildlife nervous.  She was quite tolerant and I appreciated that rare opportunity.  We have deer in our backyard that I can get that close to, but I've never been that close to a deer in the wild.

Rapidan Camp (also known at times as Camp Hoover) in Shenandoah National Park in Madison County, Virginia was built by U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover, and served as their rustic retreat throughout Hoover's administration from 1929 to 1933.

Excellent Park Ranger/Guide - Jovial and Knowledgeable 

The first family's residential cabin was known as the "Brown House" in contrast to their more famous residence, the White House. Rapidan Camp was precursor of the current presidential retreat, Camp David.

He and his wife had lived together at mining camps for over 10 years, and appreciated the isolation of remote accommodations.

He instructed his secretary Lawrence Richey to find a secluded retreat site within 100 miles (160 km) of Washington, D.C., at least 2,500 feet (760 m) above sea level, and—most importantly—close to an excellent trout stream for fishing.

I took a lot of photos with signage information from the displays, so if you're into history and/or just the natural world, view the Rapidan Camp photo album

Resource:  Wikipedia

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