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 Fall 2022 Update

Blessed Byways Tours for 2022 - 2023

Blessed Byways Tours for 2022

Dec. 2: Circa 21 Dinner Theatre – Rock Island, IL: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is a time-honored classic. I have seen it several times and would go again anytime. Our tour will begin in Altoona at the west side of the Prairie Meadows Hotel parking lot and then make pickups in Monroe, Pella, Oskaloosa, Sigourney and points east. The cost of the tour will be $129 and that is all inclusive. 10 tickets remain for this tour.

Dec. 31, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023: Southern California Rose Bowl Parade – Included will be a Palm Springs and Coachella Valley guided tour, Warner Brothers Studios and VIP tram tour, Tournament of Roses Parade with the Pella High school band marching in the parade, Reagan Library and Museum – Air Force One Pavilion, Float Fest to see close-up the floats, Los Angeles’ world-famous Original Farmer’s Market, Battleship USS Iowa, San Diego guided tour – Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island, Seaport Village, a festive fiesta-style dinner at Café Coyote in Heart of Historic Old Town San Diego. Sign-ups have closed for this tour.

Looking Ahead to 2023
At this age, looking ahead can be a little scary, but we are planning to go full speed ahead. Our tours may have to be down sized a little as this massive inflation is hurting all of us. Pricing has been difficult to nail down due to the inflated prices. 
I just got hit with a bomb-shell. Due to the effects of Covid, the massive inflation and out of control pricing, the Iceland tour that I was planning will have to be put off for at least a year or perhaps more. My agent told me this morning that the price of the tour for 2023 would be $5000 or more per person. Yikes! I told her that I can’t do that and most of my people cannot as well. We are looking at replacing that tour with a beautiful tour to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, the Grand Canyon and the Canyon Country of Utah.
Mar. 16 – 19: Branson Praise Fest at the Mansion Theatre – We arrive in time for the Thursday evening show with The Issacs, The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five and Tim Lovelace. Friday morning we hear Dr. Steve Gaines bring a message from the Word followed by the Guardians, Greater Vision and the Kramers. On Friday afternoon we are blessed to attend the Musical “Queen Esther” at Sight and Sound Theatre. Friday evening we enjoy The Hoppers, Gordon Mote, The Sound and Greater Vision. The Saturday morning schedule includes; The Triumphant Quartet, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Paid In Full and Greater Vision. On Saturday afternoon we may turn you loose for a while in the downtown area. A Saturday dinner will be scheduled and then we go back to the Mansion Theatre for an evening with the Collingsworth family.  On Sunday we return home with a time of sharing the Word and singing on the bus.  I am anticipating a cost of $699 each for a double, which includes transportation, lodging, all tickets, one lunch, two dinners and breakfast at the hotel. All gratuities are covered as well. but those numbers are subject to change. The plan is to have the bus run from Altoona, to Pella to Oskaloosa and Ottumwa. If you get on at Oskaloosa or Ottumwa, you will have to be dropped off there. We cannot leave vehicles at either place.

April 3 – 7 Tentative: Dogwoods, Diamonds and Delights – This will be a springtime tour of the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas with much of the time spent in events around Hot Springs. The Dogwoods should be beautiful and we are planning a “Diamond Dig”. Yes, actual diamonds are found in the quartz fields around Mount Ida. Even if you don’t find a diamond, you may just come up with some beautiful pieces of quartz. I hope to have an itinerary and pricing for this tour by the next issue. Let me know if you might be interested in this type of tour.

Second Week of May: Ladies Day Out – This is still in the planning stage, but it will focus on Mother’s Day. I will have it by next issue.

June 12 – 19 Tentative: Mackinaw Island Lilac Festival – The Lilac Festival on Mackinaw Island is a beautiful thing and I want to do it one more time. I will be working on this tour in the next few weeks and I would like to know how much interest there would be. This tour will pass through Cedar Falls on the way through Wisconsin and we will take the Ferry across Lake Michigan. Kevin tells me that this is a wonderful experience. We plan to get to Mackinaw City on the second day and lodge there. On the third day, we go over to the Island and spend two nights there. While on the Island we take a guided tour, have lunch at the Grand Hotel, shop till you drop and that won’t take long, and other activities on the Island. 
After leaving the Island we have lunch at Leg’s Inn and move on to Charlevoix. A tour of Charlevoix will include the Mushroom Houses, many of the neat harbor scenes and a visit to Charlevoix Castle. A more complete itinerary will be available by the next update, but I would like to know if there is enough interest to make the tour go.

July 27 – 28 Cardinals vs Cubs in St. Louis – This would be a two overnight as both games will be night games. I will not order tickets until I have at least 30 travelers who would be interested in going. With the I-Ticket thing, I am charged for however many tickets I ask for and if I don’t get enough to go, I am still billed for those tickets. I need to know by Nov. 15 if you are interested. You will not be charged anything until the tickets are purchased.

July 31 – Aug. 5: Lebanon Gospel Music Get Together – I will have a complete itinerary and pricing by the next update. I would appreciate knowing of your interest in this tour. We will do other activities in the Lebanon area and this tour should be very affordable. 

Mid-September: 3-Day Mystery Tour – I have been trying to fit a Mystery Tour into the schedule and since the Iceland Tour will not go. Mid-September is the perfect spot. The tour that I am working on will pass through Cedar Falls so that some of our northern travelers can easily join us. 
Mid-October: Fall Color Tour – Weighing several options at this time. More in the next issue.

Mid-November: A 3-to-5 day Christmas Tour – We have done Branson often. There might be other keen options. Would Nashville be of interest? More on this next time

Late November, Early December: Christmas Day Trip – Charlotte has her mind wrapped around a Christmas Tour that could be a winner. We might even be able to do it from the Cedar Falls area as well. More later.

Thank you for your support of Blessed Byways Tours. We love our travelers and so enjoy the times that we have been blessed to spend with you. 
Burdell and Charlotte Hensley
Blessed Byways Tours
1302 North E St.
Oskaloosa, IA. 52577 Cell: 641-670-0190 for Burdell and 641-295-0757 for Charlotte