Christmas Travels | The TENTH Day of Blogmas!

On the tenth day of Blogmas, Leeann’s blog gave to me… a Christmas travel story

Christmas Travels | Scribbling in the Margins blog

Some years we stay at home for Christmas and some years we travel to my grandparents’ in West Virginia. Traveling at a time of year where snow is always possible and crowded highways inevitable always brings adventures. We’ve had our fair share of traffic jams and snowy slow-downs.

But it was Christmas of 2011 when my family found ourselves in a hotel room come Christmas morning. Hotel stays typically happened well in advance of the holiday. We would be dreaming of sugar plums in a white farmhouse while Santa comes to visit instead of resting in rough hotel sheets without a fireplace in sight.

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Traveling to the Twin Cities

Welcome to Minnesota!

That’s right folks! Greetings from Minnesota, one week later :) The first week of July my family and I traveled up to Minneapolis to visit family. While we were there, we got to see some amazing sites, such as the Minnesota History Center, Fort Snelling, the Minnehaha and Saint Anthony Falls, the Walker Art Center’s outdoor areas and the great neighborhood around my relative’s home. Fun was had by all! I toted along my road trip bag for the 10 hour car ride and got ready for  great vacation in the northern Midwest.

Now get ready for a lot of pictures!

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A Writer’s Road Trip Bag Essentials

The Bag

The bag that holds it all, posing prettily.

I’m doing quite a bit of traveling this summer and recently came back from a nine-hour road trip to my grandparents’ farm. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve brought less and less stuff with me for the ride since a good book and portable DVD player are about all I need. So last week I shoved any and all entertainment into my Lands’ End tote and set off for my first adventure!

But of course, I wanted to share with you all what a book lover/amateur writer/college student (I wear many hats) brings on car trips, so that for the entire trip, you too can be entertained! (As long as you’re not driving. Oh goodness, please not when you’re driving.)

Here’s what my bag of goodies entailed:

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