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By Ginger Wells
Members of the OASIS group of First Baptist Church knew that they were going on a trip last Tuesday, but they didn’t exactly know where they were going. It was a mystery.
Members were guessing which way they’d go, once the trip got under way.
Trip coordinator Ginger Wells told them that their destination was more than 30 miles away, but it would take 58 minutes to travel there.
The Rev. Robert Weaver, driver of the bus, determined that there were more participants than seats on the bus, so Brad Pryor, Gene Wells and Ginger Wells also drove.
The caravan headed east out of Vandalia, and turned south onto Ill. Route 185 just past Bluff City. Those who guessed that they were going to the apple orchard in Belleville knew then that they had guessed wrong. They passed the restaurant in St. Peter, then the Subway and the restaurant in Farina. Still the bus didn’t stop.
Before they reached Kinmundy, they turned south and went across the railroad tracks and out into the countryside. Some commented that they felt their course was like the old song – “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go.”
At about noon, the bus made a left turn and traveled down a small hill to its destination – Lakeside Restaurant at Forbes State Park. The weather was perfect, the lake was serene and the hummingbirds were busy getting their midday meal at the feeders.
Trip participants enjoyed laughing, conversing and anticipating the yummy sandwiches, home fries and homemade pies.
Participants in the mystery trip were: Larry and Marti Bingham, Joyce Carter, Mary Cripe, Opal Earing, Edith Elliott, Rose Harrison, Kenny Harrison, Bettye Kelly, Ralph and Debbie Kelly, Joyce Kwedras, Bob and Joan Langley, Caroline McDowell, Velda Merriman, Lois Peck, Walter and Mary Philbrick, Brad and Linda Pryor, Betty Philpot, Linda Ricke, Sandy Roach, Dale and Dena Rowley, Sharon Summann, Charley and Linda Townsend, Robert and Nathanial Weaver, Mary Jo Wright, and Gene and Ginger Wells.
On Sept. 24, the group is planning a trip to Sullivan, where they will have an Amish lunch at the home of Sarah Helmuth.
On Oct. 15, OASIS will hold a wiener roast at Joyce Carter’s farm. Participants are asked to bring lawn chairs and a side dish of food.