This was a very special rambling for me – to commemorate the birthday of, Thomas Jefferson, principle author of the Declaration of Independence, our 1st Secretary of State, our 2nd Vice President, our 3rd President, the author of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, the visionary behind the Louisiana Purchase, and the founder of the University of Virginia.

But, I wanted to commemorate him by highlighting something more personal. Watch the show and you’ll see what I mean.

As you can tell, Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is one of my favorite places for rambling to. Once you visit, I think you’ll share my point of view.

Jefferson’s Poplar Forest at 1542 Bateman Bridge Rd, Forest, VA

The Bible tells us that we all need rest, to get away, to recharge our batteries, to heal the wounds that we get in our every-day lives. Thomas Jefferson did so at Poplar Forest.

Poplar Forest is also a great get-away for you. If you don’t go to such restored historic sites because you don’t like being herded like cattle, this is the place for you to visit. Allow the docents to show you around as you want to be shown.

Keep in mind that Jefferson’s Poplar Forest is operated by a private organization, not using tax dollars. So, they operate through memberships and donations. If you would like donate to the cause, here is the Poplar Forest Support Page. If you would like to join the organization, here is the Poplar Forest Membership Page. Finally, if you would like to volunteer and make your own unique contribution, here is the Poplar Forest Volunteer Page.

So, get out there and do your own rambling, if not to Poplar Forest, to find the many other places to go, things to do and events to attend, many of which are right in your back yard.

As you do so, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Your Defensive Driving Tip of the Week:

As you drive, keep your eyes panning as far out in front of you as you can see. If you are in heavy traffic watch for the tail lights far ahead. When you start seeing brake lights blinking on and off, they give you an indication that there may be something happening up ahead. Then, take your foot off the gas and be prepared to respond as necessary. That’s what defensive driving is all about.

Until my next post, here’s wishing you SAFE RAMBLING!