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.

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(I like her teacher. He emphasizes getting out and seeing places where history has been made.)

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.

eurowestgirl says:
How cool is that that your daughter wants to explore Virginia history? I remember my parents being really enthused when I expressed interest, too. What fun family trip memories!
Posted on: Aug 06, 2008
cheritraveler says:
I'm very interested in following your road trip. My grandmother was born in Virginia, so I want to go there one day. I'll stay tuned!

(I was in Virginia once, but it was for my brother's funeral (he is buried in Arlington National Cemetery)so it doesn't count as vacation travel.)
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
oldschoolbill says:
There is just nothing better than a GOOD DAD, ANDY!!
Posted on: Feb 19, 2008
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