Last year, the annual Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) convention was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. For those not in the know, GCLS is a fabulous organization that is dedicated to all things lesbian fiction. At the conference, there are panel discussions on all areas of lesbian publishing, as well as an awards ceremony that features several different categories, including lesbian romance (that’s what I write).
Two weeks prior to the convention, my family and I headed out on a cross-country roadtrip adventure. Three days later, we cut our trip short because our youngest daughter was having some health issues.
This year, the convention is in Washington DC (okay, it’s actually in Alexandria, Virginia, which is just across the river). And, once again, we’re planning an epic roadtrip.
This time, we’re doing things a bit differently. For instance, last year we towed our camper trailer behind us. This year, we’ve booked hotels along the way. Last year, my better half planned the trip. This year, I’m making the arrangements.
Rather than eating out for a month and a half, we’ve decided to challenge ourselves to eat only fresh foods that we prepare. Obviously, we’ll hit up the grocery stores along the way, but if you know of a fabulous farmers market in any of the places we’re stopping, let me know. We love to support local businesses, especially farmers. We’re taking along a propane grill for tailgating, a toaster oven, and, if I’m lucky, a smoothie maker. Most of the places where we’re staying have kitchenettes, so that will help.
Also, I’m putting together a roadtrip binder. It contains our schedule, hotel confirmations, games to play in the car, and a list of fun, free or cheap things to do as we travel. I would love suggestions for cool things to do along the way. We plan to take a couple of bikes with us as well, so bike trails that are safe and beautiful are high on my wish list as well.
Because I’m feeling especially proud, I wanted to share the places we’re stopping along the way. Check it out:
- Wenatchee, Washington
- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
- Butte, Montana
- Deadwood, South Dakota
- Ashland, Nebraska
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Monroe, Michigan
- Jackson Center, Pennsylvania
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
- Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Alexandria, Virginia (Woo! GCLS)
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Helen, Georgia (staying in a treehouse here!)
- Montgomery, Alabama
- Milton, Florida
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- Greenville, Texas
- Amarillo, Texas (Texas is a big state, yo.)
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- St. George, Utah
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Ventura, California
- Monterey, California
- Hendy Woods, California
- Crescent City, California
So, I ask of you, kind reader, the following:
- Information on farmers markets in any of the cities along the way.
- Fun FREE things to do in any of these places, including bike/hike trails.
- If you want a postcard from us as we make our journey to the east coast and then back again, hook me up with your address. You can email me at jovebelle at gmail dot com.