D.C. Area RV Parks Host Inaugural Guests
Victoria Brofsky couldn’t sleep during her family’s 16-hour drive from Tampa, Fla., to Aquia Pines Camp Resort in Stafford County, Va.
She’s thrilled at the opportunity to witness President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, according to The Free Lance Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
Victoria and her husband, Bryan, arrived at Aquia Pines in a rented RV about 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 17) with their three children, Tatiana, 15, Brian, 14, and Jared, 9.
Brian was invited to the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference and will stay at a Hilton in Silver Spring, Md.
The rest of the family will brave the elements at the wooded campsite near Interstate 95, located 37 miles south of the nation’s capital.
“The plan is to get them back so they can go to school Thursday morning,” Bryan said.
It was the family’s first trip in an RV. They’re among 100 to 150 people – and about 25 RVs – staying at Aquia Pines for the inauguration, said owner Everett Lovell.
A bus will pick up 44 passengers at Aquia Pines about 6:30 Tuesday morning and take them to Washington, Lovell said.
“I’ve been here 23 years, and we’ve never had anyone stay for an inaugural that I can remember,” he said.
But with vacant – and affordable – hotel rooms hard to come by for Tuesday’sceremony, many families have rented cabins and RV space in the area.
Take Cindy Lloyd, for instance.
She’s from Rapid City, S.D., near Mount Rushmore, and couldn’t find a hotel room. So why not rent an RV?
“All summer we’ve been planning this,” she said. “We’ve just been hoping against hope” that Obama would win.
She and her son, Cobra, 15, got to Aquia Pines at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, after stopping in Nashville to visit relatives. She plans to leave the area Thursday and get home on Sunday.
“We’re going to be paying for this for the rest of the year,” Lloyd said with a laugh.
Fredericksburg KOA Campground in Spotsylvania County is expecting 30 RVs for the inauguration, said owner Susan Hart. The camp also has rented out all but one of its nine cabins.
“Although we stay open all year, January is a very quiet time for us,” Hart said. “We just thought that it would be too cold.” People spending the night in cabins will have to use common restrooms and showers.
Wilderness Presidential Resort in Spotsylvania has about 50 cabin reservations, an employee said.
Things aren’t as busy farther south.
Hidden Acres Family Campground in Caroline County has one person who came for the inauguration. “That’s the only brave soul I’ve got,” quipped owner Almeta Beveridge.
Beveridge said she planned to advertise the campground but couldn’t charter a bus for the event.
“I don’t know how people are going to get there from here,” Beveridge said.
Lloyd said she has gotten lost on her way to the Metro several times, and plans to take the bus from Aquia Pines to Washington on Inauguration Day.