The Great Lakes cruise ship Pearl Mist docked again this week in Midland following on the heels of Victory 1. We met a wonderful couple from New Meadows, Idaho, he a retired teacher as they reboarded the ship.
They were surprised and pleased to know North American’s first ever Christmas Carol, Huron Carol was penned at Ste Marie among the Hurons by Fr, Jean de Brebeuf in 1643 and couldn’t believe the late Pope John Paul II visited Martyrs’ Shrine and Ste. Marie among the Hurons in 1984.
They said they loved the small town atmosphere of Midland “including those wonderful murals.” Their 11 day cruise began Saturday in Toronto. They will disembark in Chicago and fly back to Idaho which they assured us “is known for more than potatoes”.
As to US politics, with tongue in cheek, they said they would “move to your nice town if Trump is elected”. With that they reboarded the Pearl Mist looking back to give Nell and I a final wave. And that my friends is how those aboard these visiting cruise ships should be greeted which is now quite common and a tribute to welcoming teams, vendors, guides, musicians, et al. Kudos..