We had to wait in Saulte Saint Marie for quite a while before we could take the bus back to the United States. They had some interesting ship locks there. We also noticed that everyone was smoking, even the children and the grandmothers. This smoking business in the bus depots and busses was the worst thing about our trip. It bothered Estella (Estella Cordelia Tidwell) especially.
We arrived back in Green Bay as prearranged and Gail (Gail Jensen) came to the bus depot and got us. We had to rest up again, but we went to church with them and did a few more things. We were sorry to leave them but we were well along in our second month and had to be going. We extended our tickets while we were in Washington D.C.
Next we headed for Montana and we enjoyed the nice new bus and the very good freeway, the best we had seen since we left home, except for the toll roads. One thing surprised us and that was the greenness and lushness of the landscape in the east.
After taking a smaller bus and going over some long winding roads we arrived in Kalispell, Montana. We were very tired again, but also very glad to see Francis (Hugh Francis Rowley) and Erma (Erma Thornton) again. They fed us and gave us a good bed. We enjoyed being with them as we always did. Francis had his place up for sale and they were going to move to Richfield, Utah where Opal (Opal M. Rowley) was living.
From here we went to Havre where Bert (Bert Lund Murphy) took us out to have a good dinner. Verda (Verda May Rowley) seemed to feel a little better and was still so willing to do everything she could to make everyone happy. Estella had been having a lot of pain in her back so Verda took her to her doctor for some treatments. We stayed with Marvin (Marvin Ballard Alcorn) and June Alcorn (Hilma June Bruan) and he took us on his mail route, I saw Montana country I had never seen before. He also took us over to Fort Benton where I visited with my old friend Elmer Hulse, who was bedfast. We had a nice day.
Now we must get home, so we took the bus on the last leg of our trip. We called up Cheryl (Cheryl Jeanette Smith) in Spokane, Washington and had a visit on the phone. The year before they came by and stayed with us and then took us to Utah with them. Mike (Robert Michael Owens) and Cheryl have always been good to us.
We were surprised when the bus driver took us right to our door. We had left it on 16 June 1973 and entered it again on 14 August. The old place looked good to us, but we lived that trip many times in retrospect and we always enjoy the memories.
We made a trip or two to the Idaho Falls Temple with our Bishop before the year was over and we spent two weeks in October up at our mountain retreat in Oregon. I worked hard putting skirting in the trailer. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed being there.
It seemed like 1974 went by so fast. I remember a few things that year, though. Grace (Grace Harriet Rowley) came up in the spring on her way to Washington. We took her over to Homedale to see Noland (Noland Thornton Rowley) and his family. Her visit was short but sweet.
To be continued…