Jeff – the dreamer aka “Dad”
Jenny – the crazy cook
Denise – the sensitive rebel
Jeff, the only son of a dairy/sheep farmer spent his childhood on Grandpa Wells’ old dairy farm along with Mom, Dad and his three (darling) sisters in Honeoye Falls, NY. At the age of 12 his family downsized and moved to the beautiful hills of Naples, NY. Grandma and Grandpa Merrill sold their small 56 acre farm to Jeff’s mom and dad, as it was the most perfect location to raise sheep amongst the rolling hills and the gorgeous swamp located on the farm. Jeff left the farm at the age of 17 in search of new adventures. The U.S. Army promised him just that. 😉 So off he went to basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, career training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland and then to his final destination, Ft. Hood, Texas, or so he thought!!! Eighteen months later he got his first orders to take a short tour of Germany. He was quickly drawn in by Fraulein Claudia’s enchanting German ways. So his short tour of eighteen months, turned quickly into thirty five years and two daughters later in the land of the BMW and Mercedes drivers.
Jenny, was born (1981) in Wiesbaden during her dads first tour of Germany. She was only six months old when her tiny toes first touched American soil. Her mom and dad where trying their luck as a fresh young family, attempting to survive this new civilian world. At the ripe old age of ONE Jenny joined her parents in their journey back into the Army, heading back to Germany for a second and eventually last tour. Her mom and dad liked Germany so much that they decided to stay this time around. Years went by as Jenny was subjected to the influences of two cultures and two languages on two completely separate continents. Later this proved to be very useful as she decided to take up a three years study in the Hotel industry. After working in the Hotel industry for six years she decided that it was enough as she embarked on a new career and began working for an international currency exchange company at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Nine years later she fulfills her lifelong dream of moving to upstate New York and start a new adventure with her family.
Denise, like her older sister Jenny, was born (1986) in Wiesbaden but during her father’s second and last tour of Germany. Denise was born just in time to see her father get a so called “European Out” (1986) and start his first civilian job on German soil. Denise was also subjected to the influences of two cultures and languages. Even though she has traveled countless times to her dad’s American hometown, she has only lived in Germany so far. She too completed three years of training in the Hotel industry and later became the banquet assistant manager for a new Hotel in Mainz, Germany. After thirteen years in the hotel industry, she’s ready for change and a new beginning.
A series of painfully unfortunate events took place that changed their lives forever! Beginning with the loss of his wife and mother of the two girls in August 2012, followed by the threat of losing his job due to the fact that the company where he worked decided to shut down its Germany based site by the end of 2013. During this time, a very close and dear friend of the family suggested that he return to his old family farm and invest his savings into establishing a family business a campground on it. The idea was registered and packed away until one star covered night while sitting around the campfire with “the girls”. Jeff told his girls about the idea. Jenny and Denise took a quick breath, looked at each other and grinned. 🙂 – Seconds later the crisp clear silence in the night was broken. It quickly turned into a chatter of ideas, bouncing back and forth. Within minutes it sounded more like a full-fledged business plan being chiseled into stone. The night was long and filled with emotion, passion and dreams of a new beginning. The morning followed and just when one would think that everyone had slept on it long enough to realize what kind of hard work they were planning for themselves, the chiseling chatter continued. While telling friends and family about their plans, Jeff and the girls were greeted with such overwhelming positive responses, which only confirmed their true belief that this was a plan that can and will work and so the H.R. Wells Family Farm was born!
As life often goes, their dream will remain a dream (for the time being) but despite some unforeseen bumps (or better said for Upstate, NY… pot holes) in the road, they are far from giving up. What was once their “Plan A” (petting farm, farm shop, cabins and nature trail) has now become Plan B or at least will be put on the back burners until further notice. This does not make their NEW “Plan A” any less exciting…
As Alexander Graham Bell’s once said …
“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us” Source: BrainyQuote.com
They have found their open door and have embraced it as their new Plan A.