Don’t you just LOVE IT when a plan comes together!!
Lowell and Faye were on the road at 7 this morning. Their plan was to stop in Houghton Lake to attend services at a church Lowell had pastored some years ago and that they hadn’t attended since. They had a wonderful time visiting there and had lunch with friends they hadn’t seen in quite a while. Lowell called us a little after 1:00 to say they were leaving Houghton Lake and would be at the Shepler Dock in Mack City around 3:00.
Ted and I took the 2:00 ferry over to await their arrival. Being my normal self, I was standing where I normally do when I volunteer for Shepler’s – chatting away with someone and not paying attention to what was going on – when a car pulled up beside me, the window lowered, and Lowell said, with a huge smile, “Well, we’re here!” Oh my gosh, I was so excited to see them!
Ted and Lowell – getting acquainted as we waited for the ferry.
Shepler’s provided the Greene’s with VIP round-trip tickets and had placed their names on the big “Welcome” board! Have you noticed what Faye and Lowell are wearing? Yes, it was pretty chilly today! Lowell had this idea he was going to ride “on top”, but I talked him out of it – for today at least. I might have a little more trouble when they come back across Wednesday – the weather is supposed to be much better then.
Jill (what would I do without her) was waiting for us on the Island as we came off the boat . . .
. . . and then we all acted like crazy people waving at the Main Street camera. We knew Hilde, Bud, Charlie, and Cathie were watching (I heard later they were all acting a little crazy too – something about waving BACK at their computer screens – LOL!)
It took us almost an hour to walk the four blocks between the Shepler dock and the Chippewa Hotel. We stopped every few steps for Lowell to point out something he remembered – or something that was gone, or something new.
Occasionally he would stop and try to figure out where something had been almost 30 years ago, in relation to what he was seeing now. He said Main Street had changed a lot.
We girls mostly hung back and enjoyed watching Lowell and listening to him reminisce.
At the Chippewa, Lowell took care of the paperwork, and up we went to the second floor on the elevator.
We finally convinced him to sit down a few minutes and rest. Jill showed him some photos on her iPad to keep him in one spot, but two minutes later he was up again.
The suite the Chippewa gave these two brought back some really fond memories for Ted and I. We’d stay here for two weeks in the summer – while we were still working and could only come on vacation. They’ve all been totally renovated since those days and are even more beautiful than they were then. I always loved having the bedroom near the hall, the bath and dressing area in the middle and the huge living area looking out over the marina.
From their balcony Lowell and Faye can look toward the east side of town, including the East Bluff, and will be able to hear the clip-clop of horses early in the morning.
We left them late this afternoon, thinking they both could use some quiet time. They had plans to run to Doud’s for a few things, then settle in for the night. I’m hoping they get a good night’s rest because the next two days are going to be busy!
Thanks to everyone for your safe journey prayers and your prayers for Lowell’s health on this trip. As you can see from the smiles on their faces, they are pretty excited and so, so happy to be here!