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The Belle Island Adventure by Zach & Mom

The rising James River made a great spot for homeschooling yesterday.  We crossed from historic Trafalgar Street in Richmond on a fascinating foot bridge suspended under the Lee Bridge.

Belle Isle Footbridge

Belle Isle Footbridge

The walk across the flooded, muddy river was windy and cold – we felt we might blow off!  Reaching the other side, we explored Belle Isle, home to one of the most notorious POW camps for Union Soldiers during the Civil War.  The camp was not enclosed, as prisoners could not get off the island without boats.  The open air, lack of food and sanitation, caused most of the prisoners to die on the island.

Remains of an iron works are scattered around the 54 acre island.

Iron Works

Iron Works

A map of the island helped us understand not only the historical importance of Belle Isle, but also appreciate the unusual proximity of this park to the city of Richmond.

Richmond from Belle Isle

Richmond from Belle Isle

Belle Isle Map

Belle Isle Map

The island is frequently used by runner and bikers, enjoying the natural trails through the woods.  Zach also found a great perch!

Wooded Trail (January)

Wooded Trail (January)

Zach's favorite tree - completely horizontal, but alive and healthy

Zach's favorite tree - completely horizontal, but alive and healthy

The James River is expected to pass flood stage today.  The muddy waters were very impressive and cold.

Steps to nowhere

Steps to nowhere

Roaring white water around the island

Roaring white water around the island

We have to admit, its hard to stick to math and Latin when Richmond is full of such wonderful history and adventure!

Zach with artistically decorated Belle Isle sign

Zach with artistically decorated Belle Isle sign

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Sneak Peek: Meeting of the Waters

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Sneak peek of the ‘Good to Great’ of global missions book – here

– Dan

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