Marion Primrose residents enjoy a day touring the islands of Lake Eerie
It was a cool and somewhat foggy morning when nine Marion Primrose residents boarded the bus for a trip to Lake Erie and a fun day at the islands. Also on the trip were aides Janet Akers and Daniel Simpson.
Dietary Manager Ralph prepared a bountiful breakfast box for the 7 am departure. The items included fresh fruit, a Danish, orange juice, yogurt and coffee.
Upon arrival in Sandusky where we would board the Goodtime I for the day, Brenda (our Life Enrichment Coordinator and bus driver) parked the bus as close as possible to unload and then drove to the far corner of the parking lot to leave the bus for the day.
Ohio had a very rainy summer and it posed some problems for residents and the boat crew with the loading dock. The water level was so high they had to use a shorter than usual ramp to load passengers. In fact, it took our three staff and two boat personnel to get one of our residents up the steep ramp to load the bus.
Once aboard the enclosed boat, residents began to shed their jackets and enjoy the ride across the lake. The lake was a little choppy but none of our group got seasick. It was about an hour from the Jackson Street pier to arrive at Kelley’s Island.
We had a limited amount of time to stroll the Main Street and hop into the Village Pump Restaurant for an early lunch. Residents followed the advice of Brenda and most ordered a Lake Erie yellow perch sandwich – and did not regret that decision. A few minutes for souvenir shopping and back to the boat.
By that time, the sun had cleared the fog and the waves on the lake had subdued to about one foot. It was another hour’s ride to Put-In-Bay, and upon arrival there, Brenda rented three golf carts and off we went to see the sights and sounds of the island — the Perry Victory and Peace Memorial, Heineman Winery, Butterfly Farm and just enjoying people watching.
One of the favorites of resident Howard Davids was enjoying the architecture of the unique homes on both islands as well as the immaculate landscaping. “I get my money tomorrow,” Davids said explaining he had just sold his home. “I might like to buy one of these.”
As we explored prices which ranged from $149,000 to nearly a million, he quickly changed his mind. “Oh well, it was fun dreaming,” he said and laughed.
For Faye Hamrick, it was her visit to Lake Erie and the islands. “This is absolutely wonderful,” she said. “I’m so glad I came.”
A somewhat weary group loaded the bus at 6 pm for the hour and half drive home. A stop at their favorite root beer stand for hot dogs and root beer completed the day.
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