Saturday, April 25, 2015

Vacation, Part 7 of 7: Monticello and the Trip Home

On Friday, we packed up and checked out of the cabin.  But we planned to make a detour as we headed home so that we could drive south through Charlottesville to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello.

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Front of Monticello

 

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Back of Monticello

 

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View from one of the side decks

 

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View of some of the garden plots

 

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One of the slave cabins

 

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Kitchen photos, including the innovative 8-burner stove

 

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Thomas Jefferson’s gravestone, an obelisk

 

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This is a unique plant where the flower bloomed upside down.  I’m hoping someone can tell me the name of it!

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After a very loooooooong day of travel and touring at Monticello, we finally made it home just before 9 PM.  We spent about 6 hours driving due to bad weather and a very bad accident around Williamsburg, not to mention driving behind a house (on a wide-load trailer that drove down the center of the highway for miles and miles!).  And we spent about 4 hours touring Monticello.  My ankles and knees were aching and swollen by the time we got home, and I still had to unpack and run out for milk and such, but it was a perfect way to end our vacation.  We had a wonderful time!  I can’t wait to go back again next year, and maybe we’ll try it in the summer next time.  There are some things I’d like to do that just weren’t open for the season yet, like a zoo in Winchester.

I’d love for you all to share how you spent your spring break in the comments.  Please feel free to leave links for some of your favorite museums and vacation spots, and I hoped you’ve enjoyed sharing our vacation with us!