Every day at Afton Station brings something new and interesting. Today was no exception. I guess I ought to explain the title of this post first, before I go on to other matters.
The following photo shows a couple of Route 66 travelers, a grandpa from Roanoke, Virginia and his granddaughter from Homer, Alaska. They're traveling Route 66 together, which in itself I think is just wonderful. In the course of conversation I asked the young lady how she ended up living in Alaska. As it turns out, she was born there and has lived there most of her life. The surprise came when I pried into her life a little further and asked what she does for a living. She's a commercial salmon fisherman! Yes, this sweet, delicate lady goes out on boats for weeks at a time, hauling in the wild Alaskan salmon! Furthermore, she is getting married next month (on the fishing boat) to another fisherman! I just love this story -- and I feel certain that I won't be seeing too many female Alaskan salmon fisherpersons at Afton Station in the future. She said that women in that job are extremely rare.
When I pulled into the Station about 40 minutes prior to opening this morning, Tattoo Man's car was in the driveway. He had been to Springfield, IL for their annual Route 66 Festival and decided not to stay, so he drove down as far as Afton and was waiting for me to open so we could visit a while before he headed back to his hometown of Bartlesville. What a surprise to see him there so early!
Marly will be at the Station all day tomorrow, so if you're in the neighborhood, pop in for a visit.