Saturday after we said goodbye to Michael, Patricia and I started on the six hour drive home. We went through Joplin, and crossed over the state line and as we rolled merrily along the plains of Oklahoma I had a thought. For several trips now I've always wanted to get off the expressway at Afton Oklahoma and go see Laurel at the Famous Afton Station.
(Patricia and a few of fabulous cars at the station!)
The bell over the door tinkled as we walked in, and we were met with a warm welcome. Laurel seemed surprised when I asked her name, and then I smiled and said "I'm Mick, from "Everyone Goes to Mick's!" Well bust my buttons! we chatted for a minuet and then signed the doors leading into the show rooms.
(On the doors!)
Laurel and company urged us to have a look around the show rooms, and boy were we treated to some eye candy.
(The main show room of the Packard Palace.)
I quickly fell in love...
Wouldn't this 53' convertible look slick parked out front of the Casablanca?! Hey Laurel, how about a road trip to scenic Lake Diversion Texas, please?!
(Oh she was Slick!)
C-L-A-S-S-Y!Thoughts of a Route 66 Business Owner and she was nice enough to give me Postcard to add to the growing collection at the Casablanca!
(She even signed it for me too!)While we were exchanging good byes, Laurel being the mother road siren she is talked me and Patricia into staying on old 66 and driving "down the road" to Catoosa to see the Blue Whale. Sounds simple right? Well first we didn't realize that "down the road" meant about an hour and half drive and that 66 makes a sharp left turn in downtown Vinita Oklahoma haha! But we were off on an adventure and had a full talk of gas so onward we drove until we came upon it...
We met Blaine David, the son of the people who thought up the tourist attraction that has become a Route 66 Legend. Like most on the Mother road he welcomed us warmly and regaled us with stories from its heyday.
Before we headed out we stopped in the tiny gift shack and I picked up another postcard, this one is a vintage one from old stock left over from the heydays.
(Doesn't it just look like the place to be?!)
Blaine signed the postcard for me too!After a few more photo's we headed back on the road to home. Pat and I were both shocked at how close the Freeway really is to parts of 66 as we veered back on at Tulsa, and yet you'd never know that this world famous road was there. Curiosity satisfied we were glad we took the road less traveled, it obvious had more to see and better postcards than what the Will Rodgers Freeway had to offer!
Patricia and I are both agreed someday we would like to make the entire Route 66 journey! Until then we'll treasure our day trip.