Since I'm too tired to label all these photos tonight, I'm going to just dump them here and explain them in the morning. That will cut down on the typos I'd undoubtedly make if I were to try to write a blog post when I'm in this condition. Just know that my heart is in it but my fingers aren't. Meanwhile, you could make this into a game by doing your own captioning and tomorrow I'd tell you how close you are to accuracy.
Ok, I'm back. It's morning and I'm ready to caption! What makes a perfect day Afton Station? First of all, awareness that the farmers' markets have opened! We stopped at the one in Claremore and then at the one in Chelsea, our favorite. The peas and the blackberries aren't in yet, but we got to say hi to this cute baby goat and our farmer friends from last season.
Meanwhile, at the Station, our new t-shirts are in. They're black, short sleeved, with our Afton logo on front and back. Come 'n get 'em!
The travelers began arriving soon after, from the U.S. and a few other countries. This couple, for example, came from Antover, Holland.
To top off all this excitement, a few friends stopped in to say hello. Jim Ross and Shellee Graham made Afton Station a meeting place where they caught up with Mark Spangler from the Lebanon (MO) Route 66 museum (right).
It wasn't long before another friend, Roamin' Rich Dinkela, drove up. He was on one of his signature "roamin'" adventures, where he tends to find the greatest lost or forgotten alignments of Route 66. As one of the newer Mother Road advocates, he has already made a name for himself in the annals of the road. He, Shellee, and Jim, who is the king of finding and documenting obscure segments of Route 66, were last seen driving off into the sunset to undoubtedly unearth another amazing find.