A Christmas Road Trip

It has been a few years since I have had the privilege of a quiet Christmas at home with family. Instead, the season of late has entailed long car rides and desperate attempts to find open gas stations and food joints on Christmas Day. 

This year, while we did get to be with family (on both sides, I might add!), we did have to travel. It was not all bad and we saw a few different States, but I am looking forward to a traditional and quiet Christmas sometime soon!

A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com

Our trip actually started in Tennessee, but we didn't really document it. Chatanooga was as beautiful as ever. The warm Florida sun was a nice change from the cold Winter we left behind. We revisited the Kennedy Space Center, saw some pretty lakes, and enjoyed time with family.

I also saw my very first snake in person - and it was far enough away that I didn't faint, crack my head open and make it easy for it to eat me #irrationalfears 

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We can definitely talk about this giant mug I got for Christmas. HOW GREAT IS IT?! Funny story, I actually got two! Everyone must really know I love huge mugs :)

A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com

New Orleans was not my favourite city, but there were a few interesting things to see; the architecture and Mississippi River to name a few. We even went on a steamboat ride, which was quite the adventure. But pray for New Orleans.

A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com
A Christmas Roadtrip | www.maplealps.com

Galveston was terribly foggy the day we went but was still a sight to behold. It turned into a dolphin-sighting chase when some fishermen told my in-laws they had seen some. We ended up driving to a few different spots to see what we could see, but there were none to be found. 

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And what is a trip to Texas without stopping at the Silos?! I made an extra excursion of 6 hours with my mother-in-law and met up with a friend in Waco. Magnolia was everything I dreamed of - and more; it was totally worth it.  

Two weeks on the road made us truly appreciate being home. As much as we enjoy roadtrips, we were glad to be back safely in the end.