Thursday, September 4, 2008

Here's the exterior...

One of my journal's most faithful readers asked to see a photo of the exterior of Afton Station.  Here you go, Beth....


And don't forget those wonderful panoramas taken by David Schaubert which I posted in the blog entry for August 13th.  They'll give an even better idea of the Station and it's geographic relationship to the rest of the town.

I won't be in Afton again until Saturday, but I've received a number of calls at home lately from car and motorcycle clubs that want to set up appointments to visit this fall, so it should be a busy season.  It's cool here today and is beginning to actually feel like autumn.  I like it!

The following email and photo came from a recent visitor, Paul Wilson.  I'm posting it here because I really enjoy hearing from my visitors after they've completed their trips and gone home.

Hi Laurel,
  This photo was taken July 13/08. That's my wife Louise. We enjoyed our visit with
you thoroughly, and only wish we could have spent more time.
  The cars were great and I know I could have talked hours with you. At least we were able to visit. We only had a week to do OK and Texas and when you're trying to get as much of the experience as possible just about everything gets cut short.
  However, your suggestion for us to move on down the road quickly to Clantons was timely, and we enjoyed the chicken fried steak.
  I took over 2000 pictures and am still sifting through them. Also the Images of 66 vol. 2, which I purchased from you is proving to be as good, if not better than the original. Also, we purchased the book on The Big Texan from the author herself ( you may recall your comments on selling products of "those you know"). I haven't had a chance to look at it, but will let you know how it turns out in the future. By that timeI'm sure you will already know.
  We were able to hear that funny sound at The Centre Of The Universe you spoke of.
  There were many highs on the trip and only one low. It was really our own fault for not having reservations in Elk City. After a long drive on the interstate we ended up in Shamrock probably missing  some good motels in between. Ah well, you live and learn. 
   Thank you for your hospitality and we do hope to meet with you again some day.
Paul Wilson.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the picture, Laurel! I'll be sure to check out your Aug. 13 entry, too, because that was before I started reading you.

I'm almost certain I've got a picture of Afton Station in one of my books. I have several, can you imagine that?! I'll have to look for it.

What a great letter from Mr. Wilson. I think there are so many people around the world that share a fascination with the Road that it's an instant connection whenever you meet one!

Hugs, Beth

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Laurel, I just checked out the panoramic pictures from David Schaubert! Those are so good! I finally had to drag myself away, and I only got through Oklahoma! LOL I've bookmarked it and will go back, as well as send it to Cousin Shane who also loves the Road.

I saw the pictures of the Catoosa Blue Whale. LOL I can hardly wait to see him!

Looks like Afton Station has some beautifully restored cars. Did I see a Cord in there, a white one?

Thanks for telling me about that link--I'll have fun exploring his pictures!


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Beth.  I thought those panoramic views were pretty spectacular too, and I love to move my  mouse over them and feel like I'm there, spinning in circles.  The off-white car is a Hupmobile, made by the Hupp Motor Car Co.  It has body parts made from the Cord patterns, so it's easy to make the mistake.  I think they only made them from about 1920 to 1940, and I know our '40 Hupp Skylark was one of only about 200 ever made.

Anonymous said...

Glad that you will be having a busy fall, that must be encouraging :o)