Fascinating Article

Though a little long, the following article is worth your time to read. A researcher at Duke University proposes that plants have a sophisticated communication system. Though there are critics of this theory, I tend to agree with the Duke researcher. Plants haven’t survived millions of years without some type of sophisticated communication mechanism. There is so much about other living beings that we do not know.


New Poem

Expand Into Sky

Doors are shutting in the hallways

of my mind

And…there goes another one

Fire then sand

It all disappears

in the end

Our existence but a flash

in the wind

A light in the candle

going out

Free of it all

Possession fleeting

Expand into sky


Trip to Rapidan Camps

In October, Jennie, our dog Hope, and I went to my favorite place on Earth – Rapidan Camps. The Rapidan Camps are located on the Rapidan River in land adjacent to Shenandoah National Park in Syria, Virginia.

The Rapidan River, which is a pristine cold-water mountain stream tumbling over large rocks, flows adjacent to the site, which is 100 miles from Washington, D.C., or 4 miles from Big Meadows along Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail.

The 4 original cabins were constructed in 1931 by the U.S. Marine Corps on private land as an extension to Camp Hoover (the predecessor of Camp David) which is one mile up river. When the land was not purchased by the federal government, it was purchased by a cooperative located in Maryland.Rapidan Camps is a cooperative camp, consisting of approximately 100 members from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. It is owned, operated, & maintained by the co-op members.

The last 30 minutes of the trip up the mountain are very treacherous; there are large rocks, ditches, and bumps. Though I have taken cars up to Rapidan, we rented an SUV because it just makes things easier. Good thing, too, because the road is much worse now than it was the last time I was there in 2011. The way up the mountain was nerve-wracking for Jennie. The way down the mountain was much better for her because I went much more slowly than I did on the way up.

The camp consists of 5 cabins; 4 sleeping/living space cabins and one community cabin (Cabin 2) which can be used by anyone staying in the other cabins. Cabins 2 – 5 are a bit rustic.

Cabin 2

Cabin 2 Common Area

Cabin 2 Eating/Game-Playing Area

Cabin 2 Kitchen

The original Cabin 5 was burned down by vandals in 1991 and was rebuilt (larger than its predecessor) in 1992. The original Cabin 1 was destroyed in a summer 2005 fire of unknown cause. The co-op hired a contractor to complete the foundation and framing, & the membership completed the cabin in 2007.
Cabin 3

Cabin 4

Cabin 5

Cabin 1 is newer and much nicer, and that is where we stayed.
Cabin 1
Deck of Cabin 1
Off Deck of Cabin 1

Off Side of Cabin 1 Deck

We had a wonderful time. We had the door open, so we could hear the river clearly as we hung out in the common area of the cabin, which has a fireplace. If I was awake, there was a fire going. I was a girl scout, and not surprisingly, love starting, and attending to, fires.
Fireplace, Cabin 1

Common Area, Cabin 1

Dining Area, Cabin 1

Hope on the Deck of Cabin 1

We cooked, roasted marshmallows, and ate more s’mores than two people should ever eat in one weekend. Jennie had some visitors in her room; she slept with a variety of stink bugs on her bed every night that were dropping from the ceiling! I was oblivious to this, of course. I didn’t have that problem in my room. I am very proud of Jennie for how she handled her first “roughing it” experience. The “city girl” even enjoyed herself!
Jennie in the Uni-bomber sweatshirt I got for her at the Culpeper Walmart. I had to go back down the mountain to get her warmer clothes – the poor dear didn’t pack warm enough clothes!
Chair on the deck of Cabin 1

Some more photos are below. If you are interested in staying at Rapidan Camps, you can make reservations and read more about the Camps here.
Hope Enjoying the Mountain
Fire Pit, Cabin 1
Common Area, Cabin 1

Common Area, Cabin 1

Common Area, Cabin 1

Cabin 1 Kitchen

Cabin 1 Master Bedroom

Cabin 1 Master Bedroom

Master Bath

Master Bath

Master Bath

Bedroom 2, Cabin 1

Bedroom 2, Cabin 1

Bedroom 2 Bath, Cabin 1

Bedroom 2 Bath, Cabin 1

(I took a video of the entire camp, but WordPress wouldn’t allow me to insert it because of the file size.)