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Random facts re: two Presidential retreats

In Appalachian Trail on August 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm
Camp Hoover was built at the headway of the Rapidan River.

Camp Hoover was built at the headway of the Rapidan River.

There are just a few buildings that remain standing at Rapidan Camp.

There are just a few buildings that remain standing at Rapidan Camp.

Before there was “Shangri-La,” there was Rapidan Camp.

Shangri-La  (a.k.a. Camp David) is not open to the public. The Catoctin Mountain Park service does not indicate the location of Camp David on park maps due to privacy and security concerns. Don’t be spoofed by A parody site of WhiteHouse.Gov

The Rapidan Camp, on the other hand, is open to all who may hike down Mill Prong Trail or the Rapidan Road in the Shenandoah National Park.

Shangri-La was constructed as a WPA project during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration in Catoctin Mountain Park near Thurmont, Maryland. Shangri-La employed dozens if not hundreds of construction workers, staff, and security paid for with federal funds. The number of staff currently assigned to Camp David is unknown.

A detail of Marines erected five tents on a concrete and wooden platform as the rest of Camp Hoover was being built.

A detail of Marines erected five tents on a concrete and wooden platform as the rest of Camp Hoover was being built.

Mr. Hare is a 73 year old park volunteer (left) with yours truly as we pose for a selfie on the back porch of the Brown House.

Mr. Hare is a 73 year old park volunteer (left) with yours truly as we pose for a selfie on the back porch of the Brown House.

Barbara is the wife of Mr. Hare. Both are volunteers who take care of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp.

Barbara is the wife of Mr. Hare. Both are volunteers who take care of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp.

Hikers can cross a foot bridge which spans a lovely trout stream. President Hoover and his wife seem a bit over dressed by today's standards.

Hikers can cross a foot bridge which spans a lovely trout stream. President Hoover and his wife seem a bit over dressed by today’s standards.

The Rapidan Camp was constructed on land purchased by Herbert Hoover. Materials used to build Camp Hoover came from his private funds. US Marines were given a ‘mission’ to build the camp. The first structures at the Rapidan Camp consisted of no more than Five Tents erected on a concrete and wooden floor. Today, volunteers care for the camp and give tours of the facilities.

And for those who’ve read this blog post to this point … Consider and please comment on the following questions:

  1.  How important is it for leaders to take a vacation and get away from their normal place or work or residence?
  2.  How often do you take a vacation or go on an ‘executive retreat’?
  3.  Where is your favorite get away?
  4.  Are you a beach person or do you like to escape to the mountains?
  5.  Do you seek out places where others vacation or do you enjoy solitude when vacationing?

Think Outside, Redux

In Appalachian Trail, Epiphanies, Leave Your Comfort Zone on June 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm
Q: Why did the black bear cross the road? A: Obviously, to avoid the hikers who were out celebrating National Trails Day.

Q: Why did the black bear cross the road?
A: Obviously, to avoid the hikers who were out celebrating National Trails Day.

 

Yesterday, I saw a bear! And last week, I saw a six foot long, black rat snake sunning itself after a mid-day shower. Several days before that my wife, son, his girlfriend, and I; drove along Skyline Drive and spotted deer. Which wasn’t too difficult as one young whitetail was grazing nonchalantly behind the Big Meadows Lodge as we were enjoying a few Margarita Blues & a Speakeasy Sour.

There’s something special about getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature. Some folks enjoy the solitude. Others may wish to go ‘glamping‘ (a trend with roots planted by the rich and famous from the West Coast). Regardless your persuasion, I encourage you to ‘think outside.’ I didn’t say ‘think outside the box’ — unless you view your house, apartment, or cubicle as a ‘box’ — but rather simply think outside, no box required.

So to encourage those who may have returned from their outdoor sojourn or to hear from our glampers who take their smart devices into the woods with them, please share your comments and observations. Or add your name to this contact form so that I may more purposefully share future stories which may appeal to those who go ‘Into the Woods’ or claim to be members of ‘We Are The Wild.’

Here are a few images captured on my hike #6 on National Trails Day.

The Appalachian Trail just north of Elkswallow Wayside & Picnic area.

The Appalachian Trail just north of Elkswallow Wayside & Picnic area.

After working to 'make your mark' at the office all week, to 'leave no trace' is good advice when going into the woods.

After working to ‘make your mark’ at the office all week, to ‘leave no trace’ is good advice when going into the woods.

Look closely. Is this a spider or some other insect?

Look closely. Is this a spider or some other insect?

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The Appalachian Trail parallels Skyline Drive thru most of the Shenandoah National Park. Here's one place where it crosses near an overlook.

The Appalachian Trail parallels Skyline Drive thru most of the Shenandoah National Park. Here’s one place where it crosses near an overlook.

Panoramic view from Rattlesnake Point Overlook

Panoramic view from Rattlesnake Point Overlook

Sometimes you get lucky during a rain storm and the forest supplies a natural 'umbrella' with its canopy.

Sometimes you get lucky during a rain storm and the forest supplies a natural ‘umbrella’ with its canopy.

Here's a selfie taken as  proof that hikers don't melt if caught in the rain.

Here’s a selfie taken as proof that hikers don’t melt if caught in the rain.

Note: The first Saturday in June has been designated as National Trails Day by the American Hiking Society. The Wilderness Society and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine sponsor the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge.

Into the Woods

In Active Learning, Alignment, Leave Your Comfort Zone on March 29, 2015 at 1:18 am

INTO THE WOODS.001How often do you place yourself in new territory?

How often to you venture into the unknown?

When all alone in a place you’ve never visited before, what knowledge, tools, or techniques do you use to find your way back to a safe place?

And when you stop to think about it, are we ever truly in mortal danger? Hmmmm … Perhaps there’s the one in a million chance that a tree limb might fall and end your hike. But are we not better served to focus on simply listening to the wind or keeping our eyes and ears open for signs of wild life while enjoying ourselves on a sunny day hiking peacefully in a National Park?

NOTE: Not all tales conclude with “happily ever after.” But until you take those first few steps, you’ll never know how the story ends let alone enjoy the journey.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Byk9Is3TjY

THINK OUTSIDE (No Box Required)

In Cartooning, Confidence Course Facilitator, High Ropes Course, Leave Your Comfort Zone on December 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm
Try to take in some exercise & some fresh air between shopping and all those holiday gatherings. #ThinkOutside

Try to take in some exercise & some fresh air between shopping and all those holiday gatherings. #ThinkOutside