This past weekend I went on an amazing backpacking trip with my youngest daughter and her fiance, one of her friends, my son, and my brother-in-law.
We hiked the Cold Mountain and Pleasant Mountain trails in the George Washington National Forest. Highly recommended — many scenic overlooks, beautiful trails, plenty of backcountry dispersed camping sites, ample water sources (don’t forget your water purification equipment!).
One of the best hikes I’ve ever done. I just wish I was a better photographer. Because the full moon on Saturday night was out of this world.
Went on a little getaway this weekend. Headed up to Douthat State Park with the family. It’s the only park in Virginia (at least that I’ve found) where you can have fun camping in the middle of the summer. It’s easy to beat the heat up there. The park’s campling area is one of the highest in the state and there’s a sandy beach on the lake for swimming.
This park was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and it hasn’t changed much in the last eighty plus years. The quality of the construction is such that many of the cabins and stone buildings are virtually unchanged and still in use.
Here’s a little handout concerning how Douthat State Park was built
I’ve waxed poetic about the CCC before. Let me just say that I’ve heard a ton of talk about UBI — both for and against — but I haven’t heard a single word about any kind of work relief program. And I sure haven’t heard a word about bringing back the CCC.
Personally, I think UBI and free college tuition are both hard sells when we have a national debt of $16 trillion. But a program like the CCC — which is basically a work relief program that also provides vocational training — seems like something we could all vote for.