Barack Obama And The Girls Ditch The Press Pack For An Impromptu Nature Hike

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama wrapped up a leisurely weekend with his family on Sunday by abruptly leaving the White House, with no warning for press pool reporters, to go on a nature hike.

Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha took a walk Sunday along trails just outside Washington at Great Falls Park in Virginia. He also visited the park along the Potomac River last June.

The unscheduled trip came after the White House had sent reporters home for the day, sending the presidential press pool into a temporary tumult.

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Took a hike: The Obamas abruptly left the White House for an unscheduled family nature hike on Sunday

'Obama abruptly left the White House about 15 minutes ago on unscheduled trip. Destination unknown,' tweeted Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau.

Reporters initially seemed to fear that the unscheduled departure was some sort of emergency, but officials apparently tipped them off to the president's destination as photos from the outing were soon filed. 

The president greeted two eager children and took a selfie with an onlooker before starting along the woody trail. The 50-minute trek concluded as a light drizzle began.

Unscheduled: Reporters initially seemed to fear that the unscheduled departure was some sort of emergency, but officials apparently tipped them off to the president's destination as photos from the outing were soon filed. 

Outing: The family's brief hike happened to take place during the National Park Service's National Park Week, when the few parks nationwide that charge admission--such as Yosemite and Yellowstone--were open to the public free of charge as part of the celebration

Gorgeous; Great Falls Park is a National Park located in Virginia, where the rugged terrain in and along the Potomac River 'offers a glimpse into the early history of this country'

The family's brief hike happened to take place during the National Park Service's National Park Week.

On Saturday and Sunday, the few parks nationwide that charge admission--such as Yosemite and Yellowstone--were open to the public free of charge as part of the celebration. 

On Saturday, Obama spent his Saturday afternoon golfing at Joint Base Andrews.

The president's busy week ahead includes hosting Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, and honoring the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions and the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots.

Reporters caught up: President Obama steps out from his vehicle as his family arrives for their Great Falls hike

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama (not seen) and their daughters Malia (3rd L) and Sasha (C) return from a hike at Great Falls National Park in Virginia as rains began to fall Sunday evening

All wet: First lady Michelle Obama walks under an umbrella on return to the White House in Washington after light showers brought a family hike to a close

 

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