|From Behind My Eyes - The Adventures of Tim Stubbe||
Friday the 11th found us getting up and heading out to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home near Charlottesville, VA. Aftger taking a short stop at “Becky’s Diner” for a very homemade breakfast. Bob had what we called in the service “SOS” or in civilian language “Chipped Beef On Toast” and I had an Omelette with a small bowl of the “Chipped Beef Gravy”. We arrived at Monticello and purchased our tickets and after a short shuttle ride up the hill we found ourselves at the estate. The view from the top of this mountain was spectacular with visibility of 50 miles down onto the lower piedmont area. We took the tour through the lower rooms of the home (pictures were not allowed inside) and walked around the grounds. I did however get 2 nice 360’s in the front of the house.
and the back of the home with its large grass expanse.
Thomas Jefferson great inventor and statesman on his gravestone he listed 3 accomplishments
1. Author of the Declaration of Independence
2. Author of the Statute of Religious Freedom
3. Father of the University of Virginia
He died 50 years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence the same day that John Adams another signer of the Declaration died.
Governor of Virginia, twice Vice President, 2 term President of the U.S, Envoy to France after the Revolutionary War, and still had time to catalog thousands of plants and herbs.
From Monticello we road to Richmond and viewed some of the old Civil War Buildings then traveled south to Pocahontas State Park where we camped for the night. It was another great day for Bob and I and we went to bed early ready for the next days adventure. Colonial Williamsburg.