Saturday, May 8, 2010

A Weekend Getaway

One of the 19 waterfalls at Watkin's Glen

Have you ever gone on a holiday where everything turned out better than you imagined? My husband and I had just such a holiday last weekend. Maybe the holiday was so good because I didn’t have any big expectations. The weather forecast was iffy with a good chance of rain. We brought along our golf clubs, but were prepared to hole up in a hotel quietly reading books.

On the way down we met Susan Powers. It was her first week of the season at the New York State information booth along the Interstate 90. She accosted us at our picnic table where we were having our afternoon coffee.

Susan Powers was clearly bored. There weren’t any tourists yet. She recognized that we might fit the bill. “Do you want information about any place?”

“We’re going to the Finger Lakes.”

This seemed to disappoint her…we were practically there. So we asked her about the area. She ran back inside to get the appropriate maps and brochures. Well, she didn’t exactly run. She appeared to be about retirement age. She told us that she was the youngest person working the place. The employees were mostly in their seventies and eighties and one guy had been forced to retire last year at the age of 91 when they took his driver’s license away.

We thanked her for the brochures and I sold her one of my books.

We spent the weekend playing golf, hiking, shopping (I bought a dress), swimming, touring, wine-tasting, eating and we even had time for reading.

Sunday morning we attended Geneva’s Faith Community Church, a beautiful old stone church with stain glass windows, a full worship team with drums and guitars, and a lot of very friendly people. The weekly bulletin proclaimed our wedding text, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all your needs will be provided.”
It was that kind of a weekend...a gift from God.


John den Boer said...

Very nice photo. I'm glad you guys had such a good time.

Yo said...

looks like you were so relaxed that you've forgotten to start up writing again!!

Marian said...

Yes, I should get back to to that.