UPDATE Sagamore Hill day now covered by Dave at his blog!
The 15th might have only been the middle of Teddy Roosevelt month, but it was also the highpoint in our adventure to learn more about the lovable president because it was the day of our expedition out to Sagamore Hill, the home Roosevelt build (or had built, when you get down to it) for his family in Oyster Bay. I wish these photos could capture but an one-thousandth part of the fun we were having that day!
The morning began with a portion of our party meeting up to be picked up by Collin.
When Collin rolled up in his shiny black van we all nearly lost our minds over how shiny and black it was.
Less than an hour later we descended upon Sagamore Hill like history-crazed locusts, starting at the gift shop/ticket-buying place.
Then we headed over to the Theodore Roosevelt Museum of Sagamore Hill which is inside TR Jr's old house.
Inside the Museum we history came alive and started being fun!
The hour of our tour of Sagamore Hill grew close so we headed for the house itself.
Our guide was super top-notch and really handled our relentless barrage of penetrating questions well. We were a well-prepared group and came with knowledge under our belts and curiosity coming out of our eardrums.
Most of my questions during the tour had to do with statues that I thought looked funny or creepy.
Here occurs an hour and a half gap in photos while we were touring inside Sagamore Hill. What, you thought I was going to disobey the wishes of the National Park Service (which might as well be TR) and take pictures in there? No, I am not that sort of bull moose. But if you want to know what it looks like inside the house, just imagine a home where no room is left without a tiger-skin or two.
Quentin Roosevelt died a fighter pilot.
This is tree-climbing.
This is acorn-blowing.
This is stick-fighting, a.k.a. "When stuff started to get real fun."
Chickens to satisfy healthy Roosevelt appetites.
Our hunger for knowledge satisfied, we discovered that our hunger for hamburgers or sandwiches or something had grown strong within us and we got to consulting the Oyster Bay map and deciding on meals. Many of us chose to head for Taby Burgers, others chose Subway.
Taby Burgers breakfast is good until 11 AM, after that, just don't bother.
Dudes, seriously. What an awesome day.