After months of planning we finally got to go to Shepherdstown in West Virginia to attend the Wrens reunion in the USA. Although it was open to all ex. Wrens it was mainly girls from the US that were able to attend. In all there were 11 ex. Wrens plus one American Naval Lady called Marci who joined us and fitted in really well. 3 of us went from the United Kingdom. Most of us also, had been communicators in the WRNS so we all spoke the same language.
We had an amazing time and we were all very grateful and appreciative to Carol Asam whose inspiration it had been to arrange this wonderful reunion in her family’s beautiful hotel in Shepherdstown with wonderful views of the Potomac River. Most of the girls arrived on Sunday 9th June and that’s when the party started!
A full itinerary had been arranged by Carol. On the Monday the girls visited Antietam Battlefield, Tuesday morning there was a breakfast meeting with the Rotary Club from Shepherdstown and each of us got up and gave a brief history of our time in the WRNS which they all appeared to enjoy. We then went to a place called Harper’s Ferry where we had a private guide of the National Park, again a very interesting and historical place.
Wednesday we all boarded a coach to take us to a place called Luray where Carol and her husband had another Hotel called the Mimslyn Inn. After a tour of the lovely hotel and grounds we were invited to an excellent lunch in the dining room. Afterwards we visited the amazing Caverns, which were quite breath taking. Then to finish the visit we looked around a small motor museum housing some very old cars dating back many years.
Thursday we all went off to Summit Point Raceway where we all got to ride in a Crown Vic ex Police Car driven round at huge speeds. Some of the girls also got to ride in a Mazda MX5 while others including myself, had an opportunity to go in a Maclaren 570S Sports Car again driven at ultra, high speed. Again, another amazing experience. That afternoon most of the girls departed for their return journeys to their respective homes.
What wonderful memories we had to take back with us and experiences we shall never forget.
All thanks to our time in the WRNS and our membership to the Association which brought us all together thanks to Carol Asam. We cannot thank her enough for her inspiration and organisation. If you would like to see where we were all based visit: www.bavarianinnwv.com.
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