Nation: Rafting in the Rockies

The Carters, like anyone else, enjoy a vacation

Those daily briefings and meetings and handshakings and constant questions from the press. Presidents generally enjoy the rituals of office—otherwise they wouldn't be Presidents—but there also come times when they yearn to escape. Calvin Coolidge used to flee to his father's farm in Vermont to enjoy the tranquillity of the haying season. Herbert Hoover cast flies into Virginia's Rapidan River. Harry Truman swam off the beach at Key West, and Dwight Eisenhower drove golf balls through pine-edged fairways in Colorado.

With Congress going into recess and no...

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