Back in April, my husband and I embarked on the trip of a lifetime! Starting in Chicago, we drove half of Rt 66, ending in Amarillo, Texas. (Later, we plan to fly to Amarillo and complete the 2nd half of The Mother Road.) This vacation was by far the best I’ve ever taken. We saw amazing things, ate amazing food, laughed, cried, and met extraordinary people. One of these extraordinary people was Gary Turner.
In Paris, Missouri, we stopped at Gary’s Gay Parita , and this is where we met Gary Turner. Pick up any Rt 66 tour book, and you will probably read about Gary and how he likes to talk. We spent over an hour talking with Gary, and I have to say that meeting Gary changed our trip.
Gary has a true passion for keeping the history and greatness of Rt 66 alive. He greeted us at our car and took us into his original, restored service garage where he has several pieces of Rt 66 memorabilia. Handing us each a bottle of cold Root Beer, Gary began telling us about the history of Rt 66 and some of the amazing things we were about to see. Sipping our Root Beer, we wandered over to Gary’s replica of the original Gay Parita. (The original Gay Parita was owned by Fred and Gay Mason. Parita is Italian for “equal” which makes it interesting to consider whose name is the only name on the sign!) Inside the service station, Gary provided us with several tips on where to go and what to see; and he told us about the many amazing people along the route who share his passion.
If it were not for Gary taking the time to share his passion, I think we would have missed out on several amazing adventures; and I have been meaning to make a “Thank You” card to send to Gary along with a couple of pictures.
Well, after several months, I FINALLY finished the card; and it is TOO CUTE! The front depicts a cartoon Amy and Philip driving along Rt. 66.
I used 3 different Cricut cartridges (sshhh, don’t tell Joe!) to create the card. The grass, hills, road, and people come from Everyday Paper Dolls. The car and Rt 66 sign are courtesy of Nifty Fifties, and the “Thank You” comes from Close to My Heart’s exclusive Artiste cartridge. I have had this card design in my head for months, and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
To make the bumper and hubcaps shiny silver, I put my new glitter glue storage system to good use! I had 2 bottles of Liquid Pearls that I had never used; but thanks to my handy, dandy new storage system, I knew what I had and right were to get it!
I can’t wait for Gary to get his card, and I can’t wait to tell him what a difference he made in our trip. Next time we are in Missouri, we plan to take a little road trip back to Paris to see Gary, visit, and share the adventures we had discovering Rt. 66!