I was so unhappy with my shots earlier this week that I dragged the camera (and the family) to Monticello today. Of course, the big news wasn’t that we saw Monticello, the big news was that it took THREE AND A HALF HOURS to drive the 100 miles. OMG! The traffic was unbelievable…and we left the “designated” route (I-395) for another with less traffic after we’d stewed and crawled for 45 minutes to get 15 miles south. What are people thinking about us?? Once we arrived the day was nice and the weather was really, really nice…even standing outside in the full sun wasn’t too bad. We left the house at ten and got there at 1:30 so missed our 1:40 tour but they got us in at 3:20. That gave us some time to wander about the grounds. Jefferson was such an amazing man. I wish he could talk to us, imagine a televised discussion on “Being American” by Thomas Jefferson. Or, I could just read some of his writings! The shot below is of the “nickel side” of the house.