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Friday, June 15, 2012

Road Trip!

The Second Annual Road Trip happened this week.  Destination: Charlottesville, Virginia.  Four of us who have been teachers together at Fulton Elementary School instituted this tradition with a trip to Winterthur and Longwood Gardens last year.  This year we headed south and it was a celebration of sorts since two of the group are new retirees as of the end of the school year on June 8th.  That leaves one still teaching.

Our first stop in town was the Downtown Mall and lunch al fresco.  We then wandered the shops and made a few purchases before heading to the hotel and a relaxing time at the pool.

Dinner was in Crozet, Va, a small town west of Charlottesville and home to my sister, Suzie and her husband, Jerry and also their bead shop, Blue Ridge Beads & GlassWe had booked a bead class there for 7 pm and with Suzie's patient instructions we all were rewarded with necklaces that we had made ourselves.

Janice, Fran, Marcy and me.

Thursday morning found us at Monticello in plenty of time for our 10:30 tour of the house so we wandered the vegetable gardens
and walked to the grave site before lining up for our tour inside.

It was a gorgeous day.  We learned so much about Jefferson.  But 2 o'clock came too soon so we retraced our route north hoping to miss rush hour around Northern Virginia (we didn't).  We've made plans for next year's road trip to Williamsburg and Jamestown and vowed we would have to extend the length to fit more in.

A fun time was had by all.