Happy Trail Tours

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Additional Information Marge Ellis
who, with friend, Archie Hill, began the business in the early 80's. Together they were quite a team hosting motor coach tours all across America's highways, including many trips to Canada. Archie retired in 2000 and Marge continued to carry on the Happy Trails tradition up until her recent
retirement in 2010.
It was in 1983 when the Happy Trails story began blazing it's adventurous trails across this great country of ours and it continues to do so to this very day. A special thanks to all our faithful customers who've made many journeys with us AND to all the new ones who've yet to discover how fun it is to belong to the "Happy Trails" family.

Diane Olds
In the late 80's, the company started to grow quickly and Diane began helping in the office. By the fall of 1991, she was escorting the tours! Today Diane designs and creates the tours and writes the tour brochures. She spends hours on the computer looking for neat places to go that offer new and exciting travel experiences that are often unique just to Happy Trails! When she needs a change of scenery from the office and the computer ... she jumps on board one of those big beautiful motor coaches and escorts the group on one of the tours she's created!For the past 27 years, the office of Happy Trails was located in the home of Marge & Grant Ellis in Forbes. Beginning in January 2010, Marge decided to slow down the pace and retire. A simpler life, after 27 years with the operating the company felt very inviting. So Happy Trails Tours moved from Marge and Grant's home in Forbes to a mile further south on Highway #7 (just over the tracks) to Zim. This is where Diane Olds, Marge's daughter, and her husband Larry live.

Diane and her mom, Marge, have worked together at Happy Trails Tours for almost 20 years as a team writing tours, promoting them, designing brochures and getting to know what their customers are looking for. The great thing about retirement is that you can still work IF you WANT to. And that's exactly what Marge is doing. She is still actively working because she loves it and Diane
loves having her expertise in the office. She continues to be a vital part of the company in many levels and we can only think of one thing that has changed since the company moved to the new office. Marge is not making Diane's lunch everyday like she did over the past 20 years. No! That job is left for the new CEO, Diane, who is now making lunch for her mom.

The two of them continue to work together planning fun places to go. And who knows...you might even see Marge on a Happy Trails tour every now and then. (She's still baking her famous oatmeal raisin cookies, too).

Lynnie Aro
Lynnie joined the Happy Trail family in August 2005 and has really been a vital part of the business. She handles the office with ease, always busy with endless tasks, enjoys visiting with customers as they call in and is one of our top motor coach escorts. After Lynnie's first time escorting experience to Branson, Missouri ... it was evident that the travel business was her "calling". Lynnie is also a delightful storyteller ... so if you happen to be on one of her tours, you're sure to have a wonderful time.

Gloria Hegg
Gloria is from Bear River, MN and escorted her first tour on New Year's Eve in 2006 to Chanhassen, MN. It's no wonder the customers enjoy her because she, too, is a storyteller, has a great sense of humor and thoroughly enjoys the people that she meets through this business. We're excited about bringing Gloria into the Happy Trails fold

John Feth
Joined Happy Trail Tours in the spring of 2008. With his joking personality and easy going spirit, great reviews and comments from our customers always follow each trip John takes out. John and his wife, Deb, live on a small farm in Cotton and have seven children (five of which are girls, and all grown up) and two teenage sons.

Another family member we want to mention is Grant, Marge's husband and Diane's dad. Without him, we'd be lost on a little dirt road headed to "no where". Grant is one man Happy Trail Tours couldn't do without! Sometimes Grant calls himself the "janitor" and occasionally even answers the phone but he's more like a computer service specialist that repairs and keeps everything up and running in the office.
When Happy Trails first began, Marge would ask Grant to join her on bus trips she'd be escorting and he always said, "I'm not taking a bus trip ... I've got plenty of K.P. duty to do while you're gone." Then in 1994 Grant retired. It was a short time later that he took his first bus trip to Washington DC and he's been traveling ever since. Customers call the office to see what Grant has signed up for so they can join him on the same trip!




April 10 - 20, 2012
Cherry Blossom Festival’s 100th Birthday at Washington DC

April 23 - May 1, 2012
Viva Fiesta! San Antonio TEXAS

May 3 - 7, 2012
The Isle Casino Resort (Riverboat Gaming)

June 15 - 17, 2012
July 18-22, 2012
Old Barns, Tractors, Gardens & Farms

August 8 - 16, 2012
New York City Four Nights in Midtown Manhattan at the Staybridge Suites Time Square

September 30 - October 11, 2012
Autumn on the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway

October 18 - 23, 2012
Harvest Festival in Branson

September 12th – 26th, 2012
Canada’s Northeast & Maritime Provinces
Passport Required

September 14 - 16, 2012
Carlos Creek Grape Stomp Festival
Alexandria, Minnesota

November 13-18, 2012
Christmas in Branson #1
Daniel O’ Donnell , Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Roy Rogers JR and…The Hughes Brother’s Christmas Show

November 14-19, 2012
Christmas in Branson #1
Daniel O’ Donnell, Johnny Mathis,Andy William, Roy Rogers JR and…The Hughes Brother’s Christmas Show

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