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20: Virginia

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Soon after I entered Virginia, I joined the Blue Ridge Parkway, that runs along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. The “Blue Ridge Parkway” – like the “Natchez Trace Parkway” that I’d driven (in part) in Mississippi earlier in my trip – is a special scenic road run by the National Park Service.

A country store in the Appalachians

Mabry Mill, Blue Ridge Parkway

Rakes Mill Pond, Blue Ridge Parkway

An aggressive goose alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway

I took a short detour east from the Appalachian Mountains to take a tour of “Monticello“: Thomas Jefferson‘s mansion near Charlottesville. This mansion – designed and built by Jefferson – was where he spent his retirement (after serving as president from 1801-1809).

Tulips in the grounds of Monticello

Sunset over Shenandoah National Park

Great Falls Park (Virginia, near Washington, DC)