Then when the woodworker had his little health episode we thought the trip might have to be cancelled, but happily he has been doing very well in his healing, so we were able to go.
Were we successful in keeping the secret? Well, when we arrived in Wasilla, we went to his mother's apartment building where he called her on the phone and started to chat with her. While he was chatting, he rang her doorbell. "Just a minute" she told him. "Someone's at the door." Then she opened her door to see us standing there. All she said was "Well!" So the surprise was apparently successful.
On her 90th birthday, eight of us had birthday dinner at Settler's Bay Lodge, followed by a few pictures on the deck overlooking Cook Inlet.
Happy 90th Birthday!