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Lights, Camera, Traffic
Toys & a Touch of Wild
Christmas Plus One
After a little shopping in a really cool store, I enjoyed a sunny and
pleasant drive home on US-50.
A day of peace & quiet and turkey & stuffing.
Snow, toys, and deer. Yep, I'm all set.
I set out before sunrise and drove US-22 to US-40 to Wheeling, West
Virginia. There were Christmas lights to start and end the day and a bunch
of Victorian characters in between.
"Wild and Wonderful" is West Virginia's slogan. It's hard to
tell just how official it is but it shows up on lots of West Virginia
websites and highway welcome signs. I've made it the title of my 2013
Christmas Escape Run because that is where all of my planned stops are. In
a blog entry back in October, I stated that "Sometime around
Christmas 2013, I intend to be in Key West, Florida" and I meant it.
Then, when I started sniffing around for lodging, I was quickly reminded
of just how expensive Key West is during the holidays. It took a little
longer but I was eventually reminded of the fact that I don't have to do
it during a brief and rigid period at the end of the year. The jobless
don't have to compete with legions of northerners with a few days off
work. I do intend to visit Key West this winter but I'll do it in January
or February when most of those Christmas break partiers are back at their
I'm still running away from home for Christmas but I'll only be one state
away and I'll admit to having serious doubts about how wild it's going to
be. Maybe I can double up on the wonderful or something.