The 5 couples boarded the mission van at the John Young Farm and headed first to the Abbey of the Genesee. In addition to a beautiful chapel, they had a bakery with "Monk's Bread" that Sister Jones purchased as well some jams.
Then Sister Jefferies got a call in her role of mission nurse and we detoured to Wellsville, which was in the vicinity of our destination for a wellness visit. We all had a good visit with Elders Callister and Edwards at their apartment, which was in first class condition.
Next stop was the Maple Grove Cemetery near Friendship, NY, the final resting place of Sydney Rigdon who was a key person in the early days of the Church serving as first counselor to the Prophet Joseph at the time of the martyrdom. He maintained that he should be Joseph's successor but Brigham Young as President of the Quorum of the Twelve was chosen. Rigdon returned to the East and was buried here in 1876.
Sister Jones noted that a passerby would have thought we were attending a funeral.
We then continued on to Cartwright's Maple Tree Inn, our primary destination. True to predictions, the parking lot was overflowing and the line extended out the door for a couple hundred feet. We waited in line for an hour and a half due in part to our large group size. As people left the restaurant, we would ask if it was worth the wait and those departing would always answer affirmatively.
There were some amusing and interesting diversions while standing in line.
Finally, we were headed to our seats and saw the prized reason for our travels.
Here we are enjoying the ambiance and awaiting our pancakes. They were good, but considering the drive and time waiting.....
It was a great day of fellowship with the other senior missionaries and a chance to say "Oh sure, we were there." when one of western New York's iconic locations is mentioned.