Designed and founded by U. S. President Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia (UVA) at Charlottesville is the only university campus in the U.S. designated as a World Heritage Site. Jefferson was so enamored with being the father of the University of Virginia that he wished this particular accomplishment be mentioned at his grave site along with the authorship of the Declaration of Independence. His many other national accomplishments and the fact that he was the third president of the United States were not to be considered.
The 2013 edition of the U. S. News and World National University Rankings Report lists UVA as America’s 2nd best public university. It tied with UCLA and was surpassed only by UC Berkeley.
This all to say that all the above were the reasons why my grandson, Will Norvelle, who wants to become an Aerospace Engineer, directed and maneuvered this grandma to walk the campus where he might one day be a student. Will is turning 16 this Friday and will be a junior this fall. He has already been accepted into the Governor’s School during the mornings over the next two years and will attend his regular high school classes in the afternoons. He is considering other universities as well even though he and his father are staunch Cavaliers. Since his mother is a grad, he would be considering MSU if they carried the programs he needs.
His favorite just-off-campus eatery, Littlejohn’s New York Delicatessen, is in a line with other popular places to munch down either inside or outside as the traffic flies by. It was a fun place with good food such as the Corner Cob, the Black Peppercorn Pastrami, or the Mo-Jo Chicken (Just in case you are ever in the area).
All the time I was in Virginia, Will was working toward the driving hours he needed with a licensed driver to get his license. He still needed three hours of night-time driving so we…well, next time I’ll tell you about our wild ride home from Charlottesville. God Bless until next week.
Winter in the Wilderness, the first e-book novel published by Minshall, is offered through Amazon and most Internet book sites. A print edition may be obtained from Amazon or you can order an autographed copy from the author at Box 1040, Congress, AZ for $7.95 plus $3.50 for postage and handling. The fourth edition of RVing Alaska and Canada is available through Amazon.com.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”