All hands were on deck at Afton Station today in preparation for a visit from Dale Butel's very large tour group from Australia. There were 63 folks on the tour this year. This group keeps growing and growing, which I believe is a testimonial to Dale's well-organized tours. In fact, he told me several months ago that the group would arrive at 12 noon. When did they arrive? Exactly 12 noon on the dot! Amazing!
Actually, the first group came at noon. Those were the people in cars. About an hour later, the motorcycle riders arrive. Dale finds it practical to divide the group now that it's so large. It makes it easier on the restaurants and other attractions (like Afton Station) which become overwhelmed by the sudden influx of visitors.
As always, the Aussies were wonderful. They are truly fun folks, and they seem to enjoy their visits to the Station very much. They bought lots of books and small souvenirs, so that makes them even more appealing. It was a great way to break through the low sales numbers we've had during the winter. Although we're not here primarily to make money, a little income sure helps run this place!
David came in earlier in the morning to take out one of the Packards in which he was to be interviewed by Rick and Richard (Cimarron Productions) on their 2nd visit to Afton this week. Once again, they stayed all day and even helped with crowd control when the Aussies descended upon us.
This Australian lady tried to steal the Packard, so we had to take the keys away from her. :-)
I loved this woman's hat. When I took this photo, she was buying one of the Anderson Productions pins to add to her collection.