Things don't always go as planned. Today was such a day at Afton Station. A tour group from the Sand Springs (OK) Senior Center was due to arrive at 10 a.m. By noon, they hadn't arrived so I called the tour director. She indicated that they were very much behind schedule due to traffic tie-ups but would arrive around 3:30. At 3, she called to say that an elderly member of the tour had suffered a fall and they were returning to Tulsa. Although I was disappointed, I felt more sorry for the poor soul who fell and for the tour director who said it was her "worst day yet". I can imagine. I hope the injured person is ok.
I was supposed to meet with David today, but he's sick in bed so that was postponed until Thursday. Again -- things don't always go as planned. [Sigh....]
It was an outstanding day at Afton Station nonetheless. Marly was there for most of the day and was especially helpful when it was time to close up and go home. Our visitors came from Blackpool England, Vinita OK, Chicago IL, Archer City TX, Lancaster VA, Homer Glen IL, Ramona OK, Haasrode Belgium, Dennison TX, Bristol England, and Joplin MO.
The Joplin folks were our Route 66 friends Vanessa and Abe Ezekowitz, who were in the area seeking photos of National Register properties. The gentleman from Belgium came to Afton Station for a visit last February and returned to show Route 66 to his college-age son this summer. The couple from Bristol, England stayed for a while. She is a teacher, and we had a good discussion about the differences and (mostly) similarities in education in our two countries. I really enjoyed them. Here they are:
Marly and I closed up quickly at 3:30 and I headed for home. Here's proof from my car thermometer that it was just a bit warm today. I took this as I was leaving Afton. Whew! (Also note the ridiculous number of miles I've racked up on my car in the past not-quite-four years!)