The Ribbon Road Monument! It's here! It's in the ground! All one thousand pounds of it! There's still a lot to be done on the site, but I'm feeling I can breathe a little easier now that we have full cooperation from the town and the county, and Marly was successful in bringing it "home" in one piece from the stone yard on the other side of the state. This morning when I arrived in Afton at 8:30 a.m., the county guys were already hard at work installing the monument and leveling land for the parking area. The site should be finished (or almost) within a week or two.
There was another really nice gift given to Afton Station today. My friend Jon Edwards from Tahlequah drove up on his motorcycle with a rather large package strapped to his bike. He's an artist, and he surprised me with a lovely oil painting of Afton Station! What a great gift! Sometimes I just feel so fortunate to have come to Oklahoma, opened Afton Station, and met so many wonderful people as a result. I'm so psyched today! A photo of the painting will be posted on my Thursday blog.
Again, it wasn't a tremendously busy day at Afton Station, but it wasn't bad! The visitors who came calling hailed from Dulle Switzerland, Vinita OK, Tahlequah OK, Hood River OR, Edgewood MO, Perth Australia, Grove OK, and Ventura, CA. Actually, the two young folks from Ventura are in the process of moving from Atlanta to California, having just been married. They're on their Route 66 honeymoon, so of course I snapped their picture. It's been fun to have so many honeymooning visitors this year.