Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today we drove to Charlottesville, VA to check out Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home. We took a tour through the house and checked out the museum on site. It was pretty interesting to see all the different elements of the house that were invented and used by Jefferson. Jefferson spent a lot of time in France after he started to build his house and upon his return decided to completely redesign the house with some French influence. He was the architect of the house so there were tons of different drawings of his that Jared found interesting.  There are huge windows throughout the entire house that let in tons of light to brighten up the house. Jefferson was fanatical about not wasting any time so he made sure that there was a clock in each and every room of his house.  It was also interesting to hear how much he kept records of everything in his life. They said that is how we know so much about the set up of the house and Jefferson's daily routines.

After leaving Monticello we decided to check out the Jefferson vineyard for a wine tasting. They grow grapes and make wines from Jefferson's original vineyard sites, however they didn't open until 1981. We were able to taste 10 different wines. It was a nice end to our day.

We just got to our first official campsite on our travels. We are actually staying in Staunton, VA, which is about 50 minutes from Charlottesville. It was the closest campground open this time of year. There are some other crazy campers here though, so it isn't just us. It is quite cold out though, but luckily we have our heat running.

Tomorrow we might head back in to Charlottesville to check out some things, but then we are on our way to Virginia Beach for a couple of days.
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