Travel Update: Holiday Doings in Baton Rouge

When we last updated you on our travels, we had just arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after a two-week, fun-filled road trip south.

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In the two weeks since then we’ve been enjoying fun holiday activities with our southern family, and spending lots of time in front of the Christmas tree!

The first order of business was not one but two (delicious) Thanksgiving celebrations — the first with Ryan’s extended family on his dad’s side, the second with his mom’s family.

That weekend we helped pick out a lovely Christmas tree, and Ryan and his dad decked their house out in lights. (Notice the mixture of Christmas lights, the fall leaves on the fence, and the short sleeved shirts. The South can be a confusing place.)


The following week was something of a whirlwind. We celebrated three family members’ birthdays, and Ryan’s mom and I went to a ladies’ Christmas party at their church. (The food was delicious, but my favorite part was the beautiful and creative centerpieces decorating each table.)



On Friday night we headed into downtown Baton Rouge with Ryan’s parents for the annual Festival of Lights, which included a tree lighting, fireworks, a live band, a 5K race, and an appearance by Santa.

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I was disappointed not to be able to run in the Reindeer Run 5K as I’d hurt my back that week, but the view of the fireworks over the old state capitol made up for missing out! (Yes, Louisiana’s old state capitol is awesome and looks like a castle.)2015-12-04 18.06.34
We grabbed dinner at Poor Boy Lloyd’s and headed home to watch The Bishop’s Wife (one of our favorites!) — a thoroughly Christmasy evening!

Our next holiday adventure was visiting the Christmas display at the LSU Rural Life Museum. Rural Life is a fascinating indoor and outdoor museum focusing on the life of the working classes of the 18th and 19th centuries and the culture of southern Louisiana at that time.

We paused to take a Christmas picture on one of the many old cottages in the museum …

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… and the evening wrapped up with a blazing bonfire, a band (is that what they’re called?) of bagpipers playing “Auld Lang Syne,” and an appearance by Papa Noel!

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In between all those Christmas festivities, we’ve been hard at work: Making blog plans for 2016, plotting our next road trip, and working on the camper. In between we’ve been enjoying time in front of the fire, watching all the Christmas movies, and soaking up the holiday cheer.

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After just a few weeks in one place, we’re already getting a little stir crazy. I’ve caught myself browsing flight deals on Southwest and Ryan’s been spending waaaaay too much time being envious of other people’s Instagram adventures. So we’re thinking we might squeeze in a car-camping weekend — Arkansas and Mississippi are both on our radar — if we can work around family activities. In the meantime we’re getting pretty excited for our upcoming 10-week trek across the Southwest … and until we hit the road, we’re so happy to be getting in lots of family time!

I'm the oldest of 12 crazy kids and two pretty awesome parents. My love of travel developed during my early years traveling the globe as an Air Force brat. I'm a runner, a writer, and a reader, and I love cooking up good food and cozying up our camper.

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