Thursday, April 30, 2015

ROAD TRIP!

By Victoria Abbott aka Mary Jane Maffini

I love a road trip. By the time you read this, I will be barreling my way down the I-81 bound for Bethesda, Maryland and Malice Domestic, the annual mystery conference where, in years past. I was fortunate (and thrilled) to meet most of the Cozy Chicks.




There will be three other Canadian mystery writers in the car with me.

My partners in crime for the trip are: Brenda Chapman, Vicki Delany (Eva Gates), and Linda Wiken (Erika Chase) I’ve been friends with these women for many years.  We all love mysteries and this crazy business and the people we meet in it.
 
It's just not enough!
 


Malice Domestic takes place in a city where the flowering shrubs will be at their best, the trees will be leafed out, the grass will be lush. If you saw Maggie's fabulous photo on Tuesday, you know what I'm talking about.  

Let’s just say we are leaving a still leafless area where all we have is a few lonely crocus and daffs to dot the brown lawns.  How’s that for motivation?

STILL BARE!

Now, back to the car: we may all be talking at once.   It will be stuffed like our suitcases.






 We will have enough luggage for six people and it’s possible that one of us may also have a couple of giant hats.  No names mentioned, but it’s not me.

I do however, have seven pairs of shoes packed, to cover off all possible foot situations, hot, cold, sore, everything except snow.

At the border, they will ask us a lot of questions!  We will look a bit like we're moving in.
It’s a nine hour trip and it will take us two days. There are no men on this trip and so that means plenty of restroom breaks, tea breaks, coffee breaks, lunch breaks, shopping breaks and ‘oh look, isn’t that pretty!’ breaks.  

EMERGENCY CHOCOLATE

We will share the driving and we will be two to a hotel room.  There will be emergency chocolate in both hotel rooms as well as in the car.  In short, in case you haven’t gathered, this will be like a mobile slumber party.We know we’ll have a good time

 
If any of you are going to Malice, I hope you’ll say hi!   

So how about you?  Do you enjoy road trips with friends? Got any war stories about those trips to share?  Feel free to defend the men in your lives if they don't mind stopping!  Remember, what’s said on Cozy Chicks, stays on Cozy Chicks. 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Love your license plate---very appropriate. And please tell Vicki that I really like her Constable Molly Smith series and hope a new one will be out soon although I saw that she's starting a new series.

Two memorable road trips with non-relatives were both with women. Before the start of my senior year in college, my best friend had a brand new Mustang which we took on a trip through the southern part of British Columbia, Vancouver Island, and down Hwy 101 in Washington. Had a great time and saw some beautiful places. Then one year when I was in law school, 6 or 7 of us went to San Francisco for a Women in the Law conference. We were in an VW bus and drove straight thru both ways in order not to miss too much school. Was a great bonding experience although we were pretty bonded before because my class had 27 women out of 100+ students and were the first class at that law school with such a big percentage of women. Cordella

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I have too many road trips that were funny, to mention. Once lost in Canada on the way back from Montreal. My best friend thought we were not going to be able to get back.. I told her if we got the Atlantic Ocean, we could just keep it on the left and we would get into Maine. But we made it to Vermont after I turned around..Took about 2 hours longer. That was the latest thing.

Have a wonderful time.. I'm headed on a bus trip today to Newport RI for the day.

Karen in Ohio said...

I'm getting ready to leave now for Malice, and looking forward to seeing you again!

But I love road trips of any kind, and most especially those that include another woman (or more). Back in the 90's another friend and I drove all over the country together to speak at consumer shows. We had the best time. And yes, plenty of bathroom or other breaks, whenever and wherever. My first hot flash happened on one of those trips, and we laughed for twenty miles, uncontrollably.

Drive safely! And welcome back to the US. We're so happy to have you here.

Duffy Brown said...

Have a wonderful time MJ and Karen. I love road trips and get lost must too often. Thank heavens for Google maps and Suri. I’m writing Suri into my will.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

Safe trip ladies! Have a great time. I wish I'd be seeing you there.

mary kennedy said...

It sounds wonderful, I know you will have a great time. Can't wait to get all the deets when you get back!

ceblain said...

Sounds like great fun. I love to stop and take photos of scenic vistas etc so we always have to work that into our travel schedule. Have a blast.

Elaine Klingbeil said...

I have to say road trips with my husband are not too bad, since he does the driving and I get to do the reading, or crocheting. I wish I were going to be at Malice to meet all of you authors! Some year I will just have to do it!

Maggie Sefton said...

I look forward to seeing you, M.J. :) And I have to apologize to CC blog readers for my mistake on Tuesday when I posted about Spring. I included a photo from my friends' neighborhood in Vienna, Northern VA, and referred to it as a pink dogwood (which are in bloom everywhere, too). Heavens, no! It was one of our gorgeous pink CHERRY BLOSSOM trees!!! Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. (Maggie beating breast).

Kendra Prince said...

You're so fun! Wish I could attend. Maybe in the future. Glad you're coming to the U.S. Come down to Texas when you get the chance. Phoebe and I have lots of hugs waiting for you!

ceblain said...

Hi ladies. Hoping that you have arrived at the convention and that all is going well.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What fabulous experiences, Cordella! I did not know you were a lawyer. Hmmm. Your message has been passed on to Vicki D. Cheers.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

LOL, Diane! The Atlantic is a really good 'landmark'. Glad you made it home. Have fun in RI.

Hugs.

MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks so much, Karen! See you here. LOL on the hot flash. Hugs. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Hope to see you again, Duffy! We first met here. XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Another time, my friend! XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You will be missed, Mary! XOXO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We love the scenic vistas too. Thanks! MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Hope so, Elaine! One of these years. XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

See you soon, Maggie! There will be a test on the trees. Nudge wink. MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We will BE THERE! You just wait. XO MJ

Mary Jane Maffini said...

We're here and do we have stories to tell! Hugs. MJ

Elaine Klingbeil said...

Have fun and I want to hear all about it so I know what to expect when I do come!