Sunday, April 21, 2013
In and around Charlottesville, VA
As with most caves the tours are little lacking in actual science (except the one we took in a National Park it was good). Instead showing you rocks that look like Snoopy or bacon etc.
Another interesting feature of the cave is an Stalagpipe Organ. An organ that plays music by hitting various Stalatites throughout the cave with little solenoid actuated rubber hammers. It sounds pretty cool.
We left the cave and had lunch and some fudge before jumping onto to Skyline Drive for the next portion of the trip.
We stopped and did a short but scrambling hike up to two viewpoints.
The next day we toured Monticello Thomas Jefferson's home and plantation. It was really nice. He was a big of dork and there are few interesting inventions of his around the house, for example a double glass door where when you start to close one the other door magically closes too. Sure this doesn't sound that special but it was back then.
We also spent some time walking around the downtown pedestrian arcade which is a lot like Burlington VT altough a little bigger and swankier. We also went to visit the University of Virgina which was design by Jefferson taking a tour of the part of the college which he designed.