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Dear friends, an unexpected lighthouse and meeting Abe

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2759.5 miles on the van and we have completed our Fall Foliage 2021 adventure. What a wonderful trip. God blessed us with incredible weather, beautiful scenery and the opportunity to meet up with dear friends. After a great night of sleep on a comfortable king bed, we woke up to rain. No way would I complain. We got everything loaded pretty quickly and headed off to Westfield, OH to visit with Thayne and Joy Bodenmiller. We drove past the Welch's plant and it smelled so grape-ish! Yum!
It was so good to see our friends and catch up on each other's kids, homes and ministries. Saw the pics too. These two people had such an impact on our lives. Pastor Thayne married us 41 years ago and we have stayed in touch these many years. We shared many memories at Midview Baptist and Camp Patmos. We will need to make another trip there because we couldn't get done talking. We had a lovely lunch and yes, I had a small piece of Joy's cake for dessert.

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They took us on a quick tour of some of the sites in Westfield. We saw the statues of Lincoln and Grace Bedell. Wynn always wanted to meet Lincoln and got his chance today. Grace was a 12 year old little girl that wrote Lincoln a letter and told him he would probably win the election if he would grow a beard, which would improve his appearance. Abe Lincoln actually came through town and met the little girl and said he had taken her advice and wondered if it helped? He won that election.

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We also drove to one of their favorite areas around Lake Erie and were surprised to see the Barcelona Lighthouse. It was in such good shape. I will add it to my collection of Lake Erie Lighthouses. Two of the houses across the street had the “widow windows” the little round or octangular windows at the top of the house where the wives would watch and search for their husbands' boats to come home from the lake. Many lives lost here along the coast. The smaller of the houses here was one of the ending points of the Underground Railroad and the slaves could go into Canada from this stop. We enjoy the history we learn as we see these sites and I hope you do too.

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So we had to say our goodbyes and we came home with greetings to all from Midview Baptist who knew and loved the Bodenmiller's. We traveled through a corner of Pennsylvania and then back into Ohio! The van is unloaded and wash piles have been divided. We picked up our mail from the neighbors (Thanks Kathy, Rich and Rick)and I got the grocery shopping done so we have something to eat this week. I will be back full time on the Optavia plan. I can proudly report that I did not gain any weight on our two week adventure…so now to get that final 25 off.
I will leave you with one picture…Wynn is trying to become like his Dad and take over the title of Freebies champion! What am I gonna do with him?
Thanks for traveling along with us. Not sure what our next adventure will be. But I hope you will stop in again…

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Posted by brendagerber07 00:25 Archived in USA

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