Saturday, November 21, 2015

While Eating Pie

I got home from Afton Station a bit late tonight, but I'm sitting here eating the last piece of incredibly delicious lemon meringue pie that Betty brought to the Station today, to the immense pleasure of Ron M., Joe Meeks, and me!   Wow, Betty, this is GREAT!  Thank you!

The weather outside is frightful, a little too much like winter for my liking.  It's cold and extremely windy and that cold air bites right through sweaters and other clothing.  Time to get out some even warmer wardrobe items.  Brrrr.....

It was a good day at the Station, with 15 visitors and some encouraging purchases.  Here are a few of our visitors. . .
A couple from Grove, OK, former neighbors of David.  Although they've known him for quite a while, they had never visited Afton Station.  They certainly enjoyed today's tour of the old cars.
A family from Paris, TX, heading toward Branson, MO.  They decided in a bit of a last-minute brainstorm that they could do some of their travels on Route 66, and we're glad they did.
A couple from Springfield, MO who, despite living in a Route 66 town themselves, wanted to see what there is to see on the Oklahoma portion of 66.  The answer?   A lot!
Local folks from Disney, OK on the lake, have been past the Station many times and finally had time today to stop in.

We also greeted Fred Zander and although I didn't get a photo of him (with his new long beard) it was nice to spend some time chatting with this Topeka, KS citizen whom I've known for many years.  He was one of the very first Route 66 advocates, way back in the early '90s, even before I got involved in the saving of the Mother Road.   Fred drove all the way down from KS to get one of my new Afton Station pins, and I was flattered that he drove for hours just to obtain one.  He's one of the good guys!
This family from Terre Haute, IN was passing through on their way to Tulsa, where he will participate in the Route 66 Marathon to be run tomorrow (Sunday).  The little girl's name is AFTON, so they bought an array of items with the town name emblazoned upon them. 

And speaking of the Route 66 Marathon. . .  Ron M. and I went to the Tulsa Convention Center (also known as the Cox Business Center) yesterday afternoon to put in several hours helping Oklahoma Route 66 Association's president Brad Nickson  work our booth, hand out Trip Guides, and talk to visitors from all over the world about the charms of Oklahoma Route 66.  It was fun and we met some very nice folks.  Tomorrow I'll post a few pictures of some of the 30,000 people expected to come to town for the marathon. 

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