Sunday, July 27, 2008
From time to time I'll be mentioning Betty, so allow me to introduce her to you. Betty Wheatley is the "youngest" 70+-year-old lady I know, and she's becoming my dear friend. Besides being beautiful, smart, and interesting, she was a fixture on Route 66 for 41 years prior to her retirement about 8 years ago. Betty was the proprietor of Dairy Ranch, the snack bar adjoining the famous now-defunct Buffalo Ranch two miles east of Afton. Betty is known by everyone in these parts (as well as scads of travelers from all over the world) for her buffalo burgers, limeades, milkshakes, and lime squeezes. And oh, does Betty have tales to tell! I'm now the incredibly fortunate recipient of her reminiscences. She comes to visit and we talk and talk and talk nearly every time I'm here. She feeds my unquenchable needd for stories from the Mother Road of the past. And if that's not enough, to feed my body she brings me goodies like spring honey from her friend's beehives and the most awesome Amish-churned butter. Now that's what I call a friend!