In line with the upcoming holiday, we at Liquipel want to pay tribute to some of the most outdoorsy US Presidents throughout history. Here are 5 US Presidents who have been particularly fond of the wild outdoors.
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While Barack is not really known for his outdoor skills, he was able to survive a day of adventure with the one and only wilderness survivalist Bear Grylls — dining only on half-eaten salmon to supplement their energy reservoirs in Seward, Alaska. He was also able to help preserve 260 million acres of land for future generations through the designation of 19 national monuments.
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Gerald R. Ford is the only US President to ever serve as a National Park Service ranger. In one of the best summers of his life, he had the honor of becoming one of the armed guards on one of Yellowstone National Park’s bear feeding trucks. He was able to handle meet-and-greets for important park visitors and contributed to the risky habituation of Yellowstone grizzlies.
Image Source: UNSPECIFIED - 1900: Theodore Roosevelt riding a moose. (Photo by Underwood And Underwood/Underwood And Underwood/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Since childhood, Theodore Roosevelt had a keen interest in natural history and a passion for the outdoors. Roosevelt saw what the lands in the West could offer his rapidly growing country, but he was nothing like his peers who only wished to exploit them for financial reasons. Even though he loved hunting and ranching activities, he saw that it can do a lot of harm to the environment when left unregulated. So when he won the Presidency in 1901, he used his lifelong passion for the wilderness and its wildlife to launch programs that would ultimately protect 230 million acres of land. It comes as no surprise that Theodore Roosevelt is still deemed the father of the modern conservation movement because of all his environmental efforts.
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"It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
This quote by Jimmy Carter is easily an indication that he loved nature just as much as he loved fly fishing. According to a 1994 New York Times article, Carter was the most skilled fly fisherman to ever become President of the United States. During his tenure as the Governor of Georgia, he also enjoyed whitewater paddling in the class IV river rapids of the North Georgia mountains, while pushing for its protection as a scenic and wild waterway.
Image Source: © CORBIS. 1933, California, USA — Former President Herbert Hoover flyfishes for steelhead trout on the Klamath River in California, 1933.
Hoover’s love affair with the outdoors began after being sent to live with relatives. He was a shy boy who thirsted for knowledge at every turn. After he became president, he was left to deal with the worst financial collapse in the history of the civilized world. All the stress he was put under made him turn to fishing as an escape. He even once famously said that “there are only two occasions when Americans respect privacy, especially in Presidents. Those are prayer and fishing.”
Are you just as adventurous as any of the Presidents mentioned above? Let us know in the comments below! And while we have you, make sure to get one of our SafeGuard Protection Packages for your phone. Our impact-resistant ArmorTek cases and nanoshock impact screen protectors make sure that your phone stays safe while you frolic outdoors over the long weekend.