What a wonderful trip it was going south to lower Virginia and not having to drive.

The Rev. Carolyn Hodge invited me to take a trip with her as she was going to Martinsville, Va., to see some family members and take care of some very important business. We traveled down U.S. 301 South, crossed the bridge, went to Route 301, then to Route 2, then Route 955 and then to Route 76. We got on Route 76 and then to Route 288 to get to our planned place. While driving down the highway to get to Martinsville, I saw a sign that said nearby was South Boston. Yes, I was surprised but there is a place named South Boston.

Martinsville is about 9 miles from the North Carolina line. The trip was a long ride, but the highway traffic was good as we travelled because there were not a lot of cars and no traffic jams, accidents or crowds. No, we did not travel the main highways, but the route we took still had plenty of large trucks, plenty of places to stop for gas, food and several shopping areas with lots of places to buy just about everything. And, the weather was good, no rain or wind, and there was a bright sun shining all the time. Hodge told me of several special places and people who lived there. She said that Martinsville was known for being part of the furniture capital of the world. The Bassett, Stanley Hooker Furniture Company, located there, also manufactured fleece-wear. And, currently, they produce Miller Beer and Goodyear Tires. Another interesting fact is that Martinsville is noted for being the owners of the shortest racetrack. The city was beautiful, full of trees along the roads, farmlands with many cows, horses and goats making the scenery a wonderful sight to see and enjoy. We had good breakfasts at the hotels and lunch with one of Hodge’s husband’s relatives. It was wonderful to meet and talk to Shante Dandridge and Garry Gravely also.

Driving back to Upper Marlboro, we got on a toll road to go to Route 284 going to Richmond, Va. And, again, there was a sign that ready take Route 360 to go to South Boston. We also passed the NASCAR racetracks as we continued riding north. We passed the Virginia/North Carolina state line as we travelled. We were in Charlottesville, Va., where we had a good meal at Wood Grill. Travelling to Martinsville and returning home, we stopped several times for gas, snacks and rest.

Church activities

Trinity Episcopal Church at 14515 Church St. in Upper Marlboro extends a welcome to join them for services such as Spiritual Growth on the first and third Thursday at noon in the Parish Hall. They have Saturday Service at 9 a.m. in the church. Sunday Services include Holy Eucharist with music, Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Adult/Youth Forum and Coffee Hour at 10:45 a.m. in the Parish Hall. There is AA (hall) and ALANON meeting in Room 2 on Monday evening at 8 p.m. Weight Watchers meeting is on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the hall. Creative Needles and Healing Hands meeting is Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. AA meetings are in Room 3 on Friday at 8 p.m. and in Room 2 on Saturday at 7 p.m. If you want more information, you are invited to call the parish office at 301-627-2636.

Career fair

The free third annual Regional Law Enforcement Career Fair hosted by the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Division, will be at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex, at 8001 Sheriff Road in Landover, on Friday, May 10, from 1 to 5 p.m.