We reached Richmond, KY around 6:30 this evening, and we’re at our usual Holiday Inn Express. When I called around noon today to make our reservation (we briefly – VERY briefly – considered trying to go further), I said, “I’d like a room for two adults and two dogs – a miniature dachshund and a golden retriever.” The girl on the phone said, “We only take small dogs.”
“Did you say you take ‘all’ dogs?” I asked.
“No,” she answered, “We only take ‘small’ dogs.”
“Hmmmm,” I said, “We’ve stayed with you for the last four years on our trips back from Michigan, and we stayed with you in the spring this year. We had both dogs then. When did your policy change?”
“Oh,” she said, “It’s ok, we take big dogs too.”
Well, all righty then!
When we ordered our taxi for 7 a.m. this morning (several days ago), we mentioned that we were leaving the island for the winter, and we’d have two dogs and about a gazillion suitcases and totes (even after Ted had already carried over a gazillion suitcases and totes on Friday, and I shipped two huge boxes to Georgia. At 6:55 this morning we were standing on our porch listening for the sound of horses coming up the hill. Instead, we heard voices from about a block further up from us – a lot of voices. Ted walked up the street and found out EIGHT people were also waiting for the taxi – with all their luggage AND two dogs. There was no way we’d all get on that taxi (only one taxi was working this morning).
Five minutes later the taxi arrived, and the other folks and their stuff went down the hill without us. The driver promised he could get back up to pick us up and have us to Shepler’s by the 8 a.m. boat. And he did! Yeahhhh!
We’ll try to get an early start Monday morning and hopefully be home before dark. I’ll check in with you Monday night – IF our service provider took care of reconnecting our DSL this week. If not, I’ll talk with you once more on this blog when our online connections are turned back on.
Thank you for all your safe travel prayers, and please keep them going until we are safely at the lake. Love and hugs to you all – and yes, Lowell and Brian, I waved to you both as we flew through Ann Arbor.
Note: Ted took the header shot on Saturday as we returned from lunch at the Village Inn – our last day on the island for the season.