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Day 1
Lights, Camera, Traffic

Day 2
Toys & a Touch of Wild

Day 3
Christmas Day

Day 4
Christmas Plus One

December 26, 2013 (day 4)
After a little shopping in a really cool store, I enjoyed a sunny and pleasant drive home on US-50.

December 25, 2013 (day 3)
A day of peace & quiet and turkey & stuffing.

December 24, 2013 (day 2)
Snow, toys, and deer. Yep, I'm all set.

December 23, 2013 (day 1)
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.

Prelude - December 21, 2013
"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 jobs.

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.

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