After a hearty breakfast at Clanton's in Vinita, Sarah and I arrived at Afton Station to find that Robin, Phil, and Marly had opened up for us. Thanks, guys! Actually, the breakfast at Clanton's could have been better. I had a massive coughing fit, and meanwhile Sarah had a troubling cell phone call from the store she manages in Chicago concerning an employee problem. But we did have good food, albeit eaten while somewhat distracted.
Sarah stayed at Afton Station until about noon, when she left to go to her dad's house and help him celebrate his birthday with a party this evening. She'll be back at the Station tomorrow and will return with me to
Tulsa for the remainder of her visit. Here she is with Marly.
We saw a quite beautiful display of people spontaneously helping strangers when two travelers from Slovakia came in with a bit of panic in their eyes. A tire on their rental car was losing air quickly from a nail hole. There's no place in Afton to have tire work done, but fortunately a wonderful woman from nearby Vinita who was visiting with her two grandsons from Utah joined in the conversation because she knew a tire place in Vinita that would fix it. So, she got on her cell phone and ascertained that the tire store, which ordinarily closes at noon on Saturday, would stay open until the Slovakians got there. I was impressed by this example of folks helping strangers. The Slovakian guys were so appreciative and off they went feeling much less stressed. As the woman from Vinita said, "Sometimes it just takes a village". Here she is, with her two grandsons.
In the afternoon, this family from Israel came in. They aren't doing a full Route 66 trip, but instead exploring a bit of it now and then while they're temporarily living in Tulsa so the wife can complete her medical residency. The small child was so beautiful that I just had to comment on "her" eyes and hair, at which point the father corrected me and said that the baby was in fact a "he". Oops! I don't care what he is.... I just know that he's going to grow up to be a stunner!
I'm feeling considerably better, so I should be back in decent form for another day of Afton Station fun tomorrow.