We are attending an Emerson family reunion, being held this week in Steeleville, Missouri. Reunion is being held at rustic Springs Lodge, built in 1922.
I knew we must be at the right place when I saw the Model T coupe parked in front. The Lodge owner said we were free to drive the T as much as we wanted.
They must have a stereo scope lying around.
He wanted to drive it twice!
I spent an entire morning giving Model T rides. Everyone from five to eighty five wanted a ride and every ride turned into a photo shoot. One of the Emerson girls has been teaching school in France and is engaged to a boy from France. Ten members of his family came to our reunion. I couldn't explain the pedals to them, but they watched very intently and I think they got the idea.
Anyone planning a Model T tour in Missouri should consider the Wildwood Springs Lodge. It was built in 1922 and doesn't appear to have been updated since. Ed
The chairman/organizer of our annual Overnight Tour and I visited there some years ago. It truly is like stepping back into the 1920s. Unfortunately, the deluxe rooms (double rooms) share a shower and toilet between two rooms, and the standard rooms (also double rooms) share a shower between two rooms with the toilets down the hall. The guys probably wouldn't have had a problem with that, but we felt that many of the wives would have objected to the reduced level of privacy in shared bathroom facilities. It ended up being the deal breaker. In all other respects, it's a great area - plenty to do and see - and a great resort.
The restrooms are definitely a disadvantage. They recently hosted a Rolls Royce tour who seem to have survived.
Eddy, I lived in Paris for ten months in 1968. I was in a student hotel in the Latin Quarter, room on the sixth floor, no elevator, toilet down the hall and the shower on the second floor. No problem for me, but I was also a 26-year-old single guy. I think that Anja and I could have handled the Wildwood Springs Lodge without a problem seven or eight years ago, but there was some concern that others might object. A real shame, of course, because it is such a fantastic place. Thanks for reminding me of it.
We went to Yellowstone towards the end of the season a few years back. The only rooms in the Lodge had toilets and showers were down the corridor. Heather and I survived....