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Saturday is here and the past couple of weeks have just been going by waaaay too fast for my liking.
I've got a few more local weeks here at home and then we'll be off and travelin' again. As I've mentioned, this vacation break was the longest that I've had since September of last year (2017), and I'm not quite sure when the next one will be...maybe in December?
I usually try not to book to many trips in December as there is just too much to do with holiday prep and choir performances. But eventually one of these years (after Cosette graduates from choir) I will make my way to Europe and fulfill a dream of mine to see/tour the Christmas markets!
So now how about we chat a bit about my next upcoming trip...
WASHINGTON DC & VIRGINIA
We are taking the Red-Eye on July 12th. Reason being that we are taking a late flight is because that July 12th happens to be my sister Jet's birthday. And there are just so many years that the MLB All-Star Game either lands on her birthday or within a day or so of it that we are hardly ever in town to help celebrate along with her.
So given any opportunity not to miss her birthday and I am all over it!
So my gang will land bright and early on July 13th (Friday the 13th!) and we will head straight for one of the highlights of this trip - MONTICELLO
MONTECELLO - the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who began designing and building Monticello at age 26 after inheriting land from his father.
Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres, with Jefferson using slaves for extensive cultivation of tobacco and mixed crops, later shifting from tobacco cultivation to wheat in response to changing markets.
Due to its architectural and historic significance, the property has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Credit: Wiki
While I've visited - Mount Vernon - President George Washington's Home and Plantation which is also listed as a National Historic Landmark as well as being on the National Register of Historic Places
At Mount Vernon (c)travelincousins.com
As well as - The Hermitage - Home and Plantation of President Andrew Jackson, also being a National Historic Landmark. With as many times as I go to Virginia, I've still yet to visit Monticello. So I do hope that we have some good weather on the day of our visit (meaning clear skies and it not being too hot).
We'll be staying in Charlottesville and I'm crossing my fingers that we find some vegan food.
At this point I'm thinking that we will end up going to Milan Indian Cuisine for dinner.
Here's your Vegan Tidbit
DID YOU KNOW: Indian Food is one of several easy go to ethnic cuisines that is quite familiar to catering to vegans as many dishes are either traditionally vegan or easily made vegan. Of course not only staying away from meats, but from the GHEE and other dairy as well.
Breakfast the following morning will most likely be smoothies and/or Acai Bowls (if we can find them). Then we'll be heading to yet another highlight of this trip - SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK - is a national park that encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S. state of Virginia. The park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and Valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east.
You know how I love visiting National Parks and this is one that I've yet to explore. I can't wait to get over there and check it out!!
Of course a stop at the visitors center is always a good idea on your first visit to any National Park. The park rangers are there to share with you the many events and ranger led activities that might be happening around the park. They are also a great help in mapping out your visit.
We'll be stopping into the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center not only to get my National Park Passport signed but also to check out both the movie and an interactive exhibit designed to introduce the Shenandoah experience.
Once we are there I'll be sure to chat with a park ranger before really firming up our plans/schedule for that day.
But the one thing I do know that we'll be doing is driving the Skyline Drive.
Skyline Drive - Credit: Nationalparkguides.com
After our day in Shenandoah we'll head back to our countries capital and I've made dinner reservations for us at the Fancy Radish - I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to this meal!
The Fancy Radish is owned and run by the same chef couple that owns/runs Vedge in Philadelphia - which is one of the BEST if not the BEST vegan restaurant in the country!
More to come folks....lots more to come!