The day started with humidity -- oh wait, they all start with humidity. We started the day in Richmond, Virgina; a place with significant U.S. history. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time to see many sites so we chose to go to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, as we have heard that it is a must-see. We've posted a picture of the front, but we weren't allowed to take pictures of the inside. There is an admission fee, but well worth it. You could spend an entire day taking all of the available tours just in that one place. We were only able to take the tour of the house, which lasted 30-40 minutes. Due to fire codes, you cannot tour the second floor bedrooms, but you do get to see most of the first floor. The tour guide stated that 95% of the items in the home were authentic to the house.
Thomas Jefferson was quite ingenious and an avid reader. There are some books in the home that actually belonged to Jefferson. We recommend the tour, but again, we recommend it in the spring or fall.
We're sure this will sound strange to our fellow desert rats, but we're tired of looking at trees. There are trees everywhere; in the median and lining both sides of the freeways. We can't see any town or site along the road because trees are in the way. Yesterday we passed Quantico, the Marine cemetery, right by the freeway, but saw nothing of it because we got to look at trees instead. We enjoy the change from desert to green, but enough trees already!
We are now in Raleigh, North Carolina. Sandy's granddaughter lives here and we were anxious to get to her home in time to take her to dinner and spend a couple of hours visiting. We pulled into Raleigh during rush hour, but managed to get to Savannah's house and spend about three hours with her. She suggested The Twisted Fork for dinner, a restaurant unique to the Raleigh area. We cannot recommend it highly enough. The burgers were bigger than our hands, and the appetizers we ordered were different flavored hot dips for crackers. That doesn't really describe how wonderful it tasted, but boy did it taste wonderful. We asked if they would please open a store in Las Vegas; they said they would see what they could do.
We also found a store called Bath Junkies; another great find. They sell items similar to Bath and Body Works; however, they make the items on site for you with any fragrance and color you choose, so two people can have the same fragrance, but different colors. She let us use the scrub in the store and our skin felt as smooth as if it were new. We highly recommend it. Unfortunately, Las Vegas doesn't have a store, but you can order from the Raleigh shop by going to http://www.bathjunkie.com/ and in the location area find the Triangle Town Center shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. They will ship for only $10.
Thanks for all of the happy birthday wishes that were sent to Sandy, either by commenting to our blog or by e-mail or by phone.
Isaiah - Today we were in Virginia and North Carolina
Isaiah, Kobe, & Jonas - Miss all of you. Can't wait to see you on Sunday.
Savannah - We're so glad we got to spend some time with you today. We look forward to seeing you again in August.