Monday, April 17, 2017
The seniors departed their hotel in Charlottesville at 7:30 this morning. They arrived at Monticello at 8:50 A.M. Monticello was the first primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States of America. After touring Monticello, the group started their drive to Washington, D.C., at 10:30 A.M. They stopped for lunch at 12:30 at a Wendy’s in Alexandria, Virginia.
Kendall Frick said, "Going to Monticello was a really cool experience. At school you always hear about Thomas Jefferson, but being able to be at his house and grounds really put everything in perspective."
At 3 P.M., they visited Mount Vernon, and at 5 P.M. they visited Arlington Cemetery. Mount Vernon was the home of George Washington, the first United States president. Arlington Cemetery is the grave site of John F. Kennedy, and all of our fallen soldiers.
Kim Hoffmann stated, "It was really neat to walk through George Washington's home. We were walking through history."
Celesse Smedley pronounced, "Arlington is a very moving spot. The pictures don't do it justice since it is so much bigger than you think. Seeing the changing of the guard was breathtaking. Truly was a once in a lifetime experience."
The last thing the group did in D.C. was have dinner at 7 P.M. They could choose between having dinner in downtown D.C. or in the Fashion Centre, and upgrade shopping center in Arlington. After dinner, the seniors checked into the Comfort Inn, where they will be spending the two nights they have in Washington, D.C.
Colter Wilson said, "I am looking forward to seeing the monuments tomorrow. You can definitely tell we are not in New Haven anymore."
Day 3 finished!