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Sabbath Day – Home Again

May 16, 2013

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We took a quick vacation this week to Charlottesville, Virginia to tour the presidential homes and begin our journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail. A very memorable trip. This was our first family vacation together since February 2012. Despite arriving home about 1:30 this morning, we were all up for a new day at 6:30 this morning.

In three days we visited four presidential homes of George Washington (Mt. Vernon), Thomas Jefferson (Monticello), James Madison (Montpelier) and James Monroe (Ash-Lawn). We visited slave auction rooms in  Charlottesville, and numerous Lewis and Clark monuments. The photo below is August on the Forest Trail on George Washington’s farm.

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At Montpelier we had an opportunity to talk with the archeologists working on uncovering the homes and reconstructing the life of the field slaves. According to the excavator we spoke to, there is potential for re-writing the history of plantation slaves in these sites. At Ash-Lawn we had a game of hide and seek. And at Monticello was saw the actual elk horns shipped home by Lewis and Clark to President Jefferson. This photo is of August staring up at the horns in Jefferson’s Trophy Room.

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Meriwether Lewis was born in Charlottesville, and served as President Jefferson’s private secretary. He and Jefferson worked out details of the trip while walking the ground of Jefferson’s estate, and reading books from Jefferson’s extensive library of 6700 volumes. Later this summer we will follow the route taken by the Corps of Discovery from Louisville to Portland. Monticello was our first stop.

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Sabbath Day

Today – I walked (almost) every Westchester County Park or Preserve along the shore of the Long Island Sound from the Bronx to Connecticut. I began in Pelham Manor Shore Park in Pelham Manor and continued through Glen Island Park, Davenport Park, Davenport Neck Bird Sanctuary, Hudson River Park and Five Islands Park, all in New Rochelle. Moving North I walked Premium Marsh Conservation Area and Manor Park in Larchmont, and Flint Park, Hammonds Conservation Area and Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. (I have previously walked the parks and preserves in Rye, which leave only Otter Creek in Mamaroneck to complete my shore walk.)

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