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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Belated Vacation Stuff

I'm sorry this is so overdue, but here it is. Virginia was beautiful, it made me want to pack up and move to the mountains. This might be a problem as it seems the area economy is based on tourists and cows. I haven't seen so many cows in one area that wasn't Young's Dairy.

We went to Staunton, home of On the Lamb, which was delightful. The owner, Joe, is wicked smart, he'll talk your ear off. I can see why the local knitters love this shop, the staff makes you feel like a friend.

The other big trip was to Monticello. They run a well organized machine to get people in and out and protect the history of the place. Our guide was old enough to have been there with Jefferson, the perfect man to know all the ins and outs. The tour included Jefferson's office, family room, and dining area. It was at this point that the fire alarm went off and the building had to be evacuated. I was pretty disappointed, but such is life. We walked around the grounds and saw the gardens. The plants are all labeled, either from Jefferson's planting journal or brought back by Lewis and Clark. Jefferson's home was sold after his death, so the fact that it is so well restored and detailed is pretty impressive.

The condo we stayed at was backed up to a golf course, which got in the way of our views a bit.
Here is a pic from an overlook farther up the mountains. We were staying in the developed area you see in the middle.

It was a beautiful area and I would love to see in when the leaves are changing.
posted by Ginny at 10:39 AM


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