By: Jonathan Bellingham, 3rd Generation Family Member and Recreation Manager
“If you use your imagination, you can picture Capon water flowing into the creek, which flows into the Capon River, which flows into the Potomac, which flows into the Atlantic. In that sense, Capon water really is everywhere!”
Reading this story made me wonder, when Henry Frye (the first known European to discover the Spring) filled his thirst in 1765 after a day of hunting bear, did he have any idea one day it would be a watering hole of presidents and military leaders or part of the debt to settle a war between a country that hadn’t even formed yet? Could he have ever considered that two American Olympic Teams would drink Capon Water exclusively? Or, that someone like me would someday be enjoying my morning pool dips, post run hydrations or relaxing hot soaks at the Spa?
And when I think about the hydrologic cycle itself, I realize that those of us who partake of this precious liquid are tied both to our predecessors and our descendants in a very concrete way. For in the process of the water flowing, past meets present and future. Consider for a moment that the spring water coming to the surface now first came down as rain many decades ago. So whether we drink, soak or bathe with it, we could be experiencing the same water that our grandparents watched come down on a lazy September afternoon back in the 1940s when they were our age. Likewise, the thundershower that got us wet recently is the same substance our great grandkids could be splashing about in the kiddie pool someday down the road. And there is great comfort in just the contemplation of that connection.