“Never be defined by your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.” ~ Unknown
Ever since last year’s visit to Oklahoma I’ve promised Ken Bailey I would see him the next time I was in the state. I stayed true to my word. Taking the northern route home, I stopped in Vinita, Oklahoma where Ken now lives. He was able to sneak away from work for a late-ish breakfast. I must rate pretty high for him to be willing to do that.
Pam Thurman and Barb Plested live in Grove, OK which is not very far from Vinita. They joined Ken and I. We four made the most of our time together, and to make the memory all the better, we dined at Clanton’s. This little mom and pop eatery sits on Route 66. It opened in its current location in 1947 and has been owned by the same family since 1927. In fact, the owner offered to take our picture. I returned the favor (below in the white shirt). The decor in Clanton’s is just how you’d expect a Route 66 mom and pop joint to look. It was super comfortable. The food was great. The service superb. And best of all, I got good quality time with people I love. I am so very, very fortunate.