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Weekend at Fort McKinley, Georgia

My family is (and always has been) big on family outings. As kids, my sister and I were packed up each summer for our family vacation. Sometimes, we'd go to Disney World; other times, it was Canada, Pennsylvania or California. My parents included us on the planning, so we learned about the history of the places we'd see and thus, were a little more prepared to appreciate the things we were to see soon.

We still keep up the tradition of the family vacation even though we're much older and we've expanded (hello, son-in-law Landon!). Since college, we've gone to Louisiana, Disney World (as much as things change, they stay the same!) and the North Carolina mountains. I can count myself among the lucky few who enjoy spending time with their families, and have the means and time to do so.

This weekend, we headed off in true family-vacation style to Richmond Hill, Georgia, where we rented a cabin for a few days. We stayed at Fort McKinley State Park on the outskirts of Richmond Hill, and it was so pretty! It was so much fun to have some time to relax before school starts back next week.

We stopped at the Old Sheldon Church in Yemassee, SC, which was burned during the Civil War.

Later on Saturday, we went to Wormsloe Plantation in Skidway Island, GA, just outside of Savannah.
Give me a screened-in porch, a wooden rocker, a glass of tea and a book, and I'm a happy gal.

Packer Extraordinare

I'm one of those people for whom planning a trip is almost a fun as actually going on the trip. Planning involves researching, making charts and graphs, reading and organizing--all things I love.

So, it should come to no surprise to anyone that our trip to England and Scotland later this year (in November) is pretty much already planned. Our tickets have been booked, our itinerary has been decided, hotels have been picked out and maps have been downloaded. I've even figured out what I'll be packing and what suitcases I'll be hauling around.

Packing for an almost 2 week trip in late fall can be really hard--England and Scotland will be very cold, but I also need to make sure I'm not burning up as we walk around. I need layers, but not so many that I feel like the Goodyear Blimp. I also needed clothing that could take me from day to night and from the Scottish Highlands to the London theatre, all while remaining comfortable and appropriate.

I don't want to bring a huge suitcase because we'll be doing a lot of maneuvering through train stations, the subway, various hotels (some of which don't have elevators) and some walking between destinations, all with our suitcases in tow. The last time I went to England, I had a suitcase that weighed over 100lbs--seriously! On the flight back to the US, I had to go buy another suitcase in the airport because my original one was too heavy for airplane regulations! I don't want to make that mistake again, so I'm erring on the side of caution and taking a small bag to check and my bookbag and purse onto the plane.

Thus, whatever I'm bringing has to be really compatible with everything else I'm bringing, and it can't take up too much room in my suitcase. My solution: take a few basic pieces and then mix and match each day. All of my options can be layered as much as necessary to accommodate for changing weather conditions and occasion.

Dark jean wash leggings
Skinny jeans (medium wash)
Pantsuit pants (black)
Black tights

Grey turtleneck dress/ tunic
Dark grey sweater vest
Black argyle sweater vest
Long sleeved white tee
Long sleeved grey tee
Black cashmere sweater
White dress shirt
Pantsuit jacket
North face 3 in 1 black jacket/ raincoat

High heels (black)
New grey equestrian boots (Old Navy)
Black flats

I'll wear the boots on the plane since they are so bulky, but the rest of the stuff should be pretty compact when folded and rolled into my packing cubes.

90 more days!

Do you have any tips/tricks for traveling? Have I forgotten something major in my wardrobe choices?