Ah, the delight in finding little surprises on a road trip.
When we flew out of Okinawa and Tokyo, Mr.Sunshine was on full blast, and the first states we flew in and visited on the East Seaboard were still warm. However, on our way heading out West to California from family gathering and other shenanigans on the Eastern side of the continent, we were accompanied with ice storm. It was slightly chilly in Tennessee and drenched in Arkansas,but the nightmare of silver thaw started on our drive through Oklahoma. It was my first time to witness an ice storm and I thought it was pretty. It is dangerous, I know, and my husband has been consistently telling me that as he drove. But the ice-cased twigs remind me of the winter scene in Narnia where the Edmund met the White Witch. Hmm, Turkish Delight!
As we drove through Interstate 40 on New Mexico, we stopped at Russell’s Travel Center for some gas, coffee and food supplies. What we just came across is no ordinary gas station. It is a decent size grocery store with an authentic Route 66 Diner, showers and even a chapel. It also has its own car museum housing 23 classic cars, a memorabilia museum of Coca Cola collectibles, and some antique collections, with no entry free!
“Wow, that was a lovely surprise!”, I told my husband as I was trying to buckle up to continue our adventure.