Happy Easter! Memories of childhood -- mom, grandma, and me in our Easter bonnets, white gloves, and the gardenia corsages that dad bought us every year. Big leg-of-lamb dinner at Aunt Alice and Uncle Durrell's penthouse apartment, Easter eggs hidden and found, big basket of chocolate and jellybeans, and a drive through the countryide around northern Ohio until sundown.
Oh, how different my Easters are now, and yet for the most part almost as satisfying. I am very much at peace with my Easter Sundays at Afton Station, especially one like this, which yielded a full 19 visitors!
I was alone today, which made it a little difficult to deal with people when they showed up in multiples, but I managed to reacclimate myself to bigger crowds fairly quickly after a winter of ones and twos. I am, emphatically, NOT complaining!
My first guests were a couple from Omaha, Nebraska who were planning to drive Route 66 in Oklahoma on this trip and were particularly interested in visiting Picher, the abandoned, polluted town I've talked about so often here on the blog. I told them they won't be able to not be moved by the sight of the remains of this sad little town.
Next, a group of three men on motorcycles arrived. They're from K & N Motorcycles in Tulsa and they've visited Afton Station before. Last year they visited prior to setting up the Passport Tour, for which we were a stopping spot. It was such a great way to get new visitors to Route 66 and the Station that I was thrilled to find out that they have planned to have us be a passport stop again in 2014 when the tour will be entirely on Oklahoma Route 66.
Footnotes: I came within about a foot of hitting a deer on my way to Afton. He ran out in front of my car in the dusk of morning, but it was his timing and not mine that spared him
The two ladies visiting from Dallas stayed at the Desert Hills Motel on Route 66 in Tulsa last night. They gave it a very favorable report, which isn't usually the case. They stayed in one of the rooms near the office, which we've heard are the ones which have been most recently revamped, and they saw no evidence of the "shady characters" that others have reported on the premises. So, just sayin'. . .