The Old Man is Snoring

Thursday, November 13, 2008 Road Junkies 0 Comments


Day 4:  Charlottesville, VA.  We awoke to a very rainy day in Charlottesville and decided we would not be slowed down by the weather, even though the fog was so thick that we walked past our car three times before we found it. Alas, however, when we went to Monticello for a visit, the rain had reached a heavy downpour stage. As we prepared to leave the car and press intrepidly on, we realized we had left a bag in the hotel lobby as we were leaving and returned to retrieve it.

Since we were already there, we decided to stay for a while, make some tea, and check out the C'ville real estate situation by means of the internet. Interestingly, this area has a category for historic homes. We found homes on the market that were built as far back as 1738!

Where's the sunshine?
The rain slowed to a crawl by mid-afternoon, allowing us to visit Kemper Park, a well-designed pocket park near Monticello. Coincidentally, we found a letterbox there after a brief hike.

Kemper Park
Leaving the park, we drove out to Ash Lawn, the home of James Monroe, where we saw a gorgeous golden tree. By this time, it was too late for a visit to the house, so we pressed on, driving around some of the southern and western C'ville suburbs.
All we saw of the Monroe estate
Tomorrow we plan to explore the northern suburbs, still mulling over whether this is an area we might like to live.