A Road Trip Materializes
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Early one evening, as I was driving my daughter to her dance team practice, she asked me "Dad, how far is it to Charlottesville?"
"About 125 miles" I replied. "Why? What's going on there?"
"How long does it take to get there?" she persisted.
"About 2 1/12 hours. Is there a concert or show at UVA you want to see?"
"Can you take me to see Thomas Jefferson's house?" It turned out that her high school US and Virignia History class had been discussing Thomas Jefferson, the polymath author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Her teacher asked who among the students had been to Monticello, Jefferson's home near Charlottesville. She remembered when we last where there, in 2001. She recalled Jefferson's innovations and inventions, but was now sketchy on the details and wanted to see it again.
Could her best friend also come along? Mom would want to come, too, of course.
"I'd be happy to take you to see Monticello. We could eat at Michie Tavern and maybe see James Monroe's home, too, and . Remember how they said Jefferson and Monroe had telescopes so they could look at each other across the valley?" She laughed. "Besides, I don't have digital photos of Monticello!"
She flipped out her cellphone and called her best friend. "My Dad's down with it!"
Out of nowhere, a road trip was suddenly afoot!
My wife and I are equally avid history buffs and historic house enthusiasts. So, she required no convincing and was eager to go on the trip. We decided that Saturday a week hence would be the day.