Sometime in the summer of 1971 a friend told us that he had recently purchased a lot within walking distance of the Shenandoah River and encouraged us to check it out. The land was located in Warren County just above the Town of Front Royal, Virginia and, at the outset, was being marketed as primitive camping. We traveled to inspect it from our home in Prince William County, just north of the Quantico Marine Base, not far off Interstate 95.