When I arrived mid-week, I didn’t see another guest. Lots of staff. No paying customers save for one pastor who is appreciatively discounted. No complaints from me.
Lifeway announced earlier this year that they were going to sell the conference center. The virus has caused all conferences here to be cancelled. Normally, the place would be crawling with students attending events. As it is, only a few families are here for getaways. We’re all masked up.
Lifeway said the center was profitable but one supposes they despaired over capital improvements that would be necessary for the place to be attractive to paying customers.
I look around and see roads on the steep terrain that will need repair or replacement, 1950-1970s buildings that are unappealing, and deferred maintenance items without number.
I love the place but I wouldn’t want to figure out a way to make it work in the third decade of the 21st century.
Met a couple last evening who captured the dilemma of the place. They volunteered that they met here in 1970 and were back for a memory tour. Memories don’t pay the bills.
But, as long as Lifeway hangs on, I will come and stay.
Photo is the nice pond above the deteriorated tennis courts. Should have brought my fishing pole.