ANSWER: DINNER AT REDDING 🙂
6:00 am started the day, as usual with Liturgy of the Hours followed by Mass in the Convent Chapel. 7:00 am With excitement, the Sisters went to breakfast, anxious to bring their suitcases down and load the bus! Discussion at breakfast included itinerary for the day and what the Sisters would be doing who would stay at home. Waffles? Chinese Food? Sr. Rita (Motherhouse Superior) pulled out all the stops to make the weekend special for those who would stay behind.
Breakfast did not take as long this morning as people had things to do before leaving! Shortly after breakfast, 7:45 am, Sister Charlene announced over the convent intercom that the bus had arrived and it was time to gather and load the bus. The elevators came to a grinding halt as they were called to third, fourth, and fifth floor all at the same time to move the luggage to ground level (you had to be there!)
The Sisters loaded onto the busses with remarkably frugal bags of “stuff” except for me, of course, who had to drag my cameras along to document the trip. We staked out our areas on the bus and got comfortable as the driver closed the door and began to back the bus out of the loading area near the convent bakery and garages wing. My heart was touched by all of the people who came out to say good by (Sisters and lay people alike) and wave as we rode down the Sisters’ driveway in front of the old gym and swimming pool. Staff came out of several doors of the convent to see the sight and wish us a good and safe trip. We all mentioned how touching it was.
Not long after exiting the driveway, Sr. Charlene led us in a prayer for a safe journey. We all joined in – using the booklet that was thoughtfully put together for us.
We picked up a few Sisters and guests along the way, Sister Patricia Marie in Medford and Sister Allison’s Mother in Roseburg.
We stopped at Azalea, OR at a place called “Heaven on Earth” where we were treated to cinnamon rolls and coffee – compliments of the bus company Noah’s Ark! I highly recommend this stop, as it is quite a remarkable place. One of the staff by the name of “Rosie” entertained us with a song she wrote and told us the story of the establishment. Rosie has worked at this endeavor for 30+ years and is a dedicated soul. She will be highlighted in a post later tonight.
Currently 6:30 pm, we are in Redding, CA at Logan’s Roadhouse for dinner. We will arrive in Sacramento approximately 8:30 this evening, God willing, at Sutter’s Inn Best Western.
We are having a BLAST and remembering YOU in PRAYER. We would all like to hear from you so please respond to these posts and I will share them with the Sisters. Thanks for reading and responding!