Today, I took half a day off of work and drove my folks to Winona Lake, Indiana, where they first met many, many years ago. Winona Lake is also home to Grace College and Seminary, where they did some graduate studies. The rest of the family came along, except for Phillip, who went to a play at Huntington University.
Our first stop was the former Winona Hotel. I guess that my grandparents stayed in a room here every summer for a number of years during the Winona Lake Bible Conference, which my grandfather directed. The Winona Hotel has been completely renovated and converted into condos . . .
We also drove by the house that Mom and Dad lived in during the one winter that they both were attending the seminary . . .
We had lunch at the Boathouse, a restaurant that rests on the exact site of a cafeteria where Mom worked as a cashier during the Bible conference . . .
I got this very nice photo of Mom and Dad by the edge of the lake before we left town. In the background are two swans that you can barely see--Mom noted that she loved seeing the swans when she first came to Winona Lake--and the hotel . . .