It was the last leg of my trip, it was about to start getting dark. I saw the sign for the Madonna Inn and decided to find an excuse to stop. I'll get some tea, I thought. I sat at the dessert bar...no one was there, so I chose a seat near the end. I ordered strawberry ice cream, too. It was a pink themed afternoon, since I was able to flavor my tea with pink sugar while eating pink ice cream, and wipe my face with a pink napkin. Looking around this place, it was easy to find pink EVERYWHERE. I started scribbling a to do list of blog posts on a clean napkin.
An older gentleman sat down next to me to order a sandwich (to go) and began reading his newspaper. Goodness, with all the empty seats at the bar, he chose the one right next to me. While still feeling bolder than usual, I said "Hi". He said "Hello," and quickly noticed my notes all over the pink napkin. "You remind me of Mr. Madonna with all those notes." Wha? This man knew Mr. Madonna? My interest was piqued. We introduced ourselves - his name is Bob, and he was one of Mr. Madonna's first builders, back in 1960. He explained that Mr. Madonna was constantly making lists of projects to make and rooms to build, and then handed them to workers to execute. After chatting about the building project for a little while, Mr. Madonna's son walks up behind us to say hi to Bob. Wha?? What great fortune - I am beaming at this point, so honored to meet two very important people in the history of this incredible California landmark. They were both very friendly and entertained a bunch of my questions about the Inn.
For years I've heard about the men's restroom at the Madonna Inn...men pee into a waterfall?? I joked with Bob, "I hear the men's bathroom is something to see."
He slyly replied, "Do you want to see it?" Do I ever! I asked permission to take photos. Oh boy oh boy oh boy...
We walked away from our bar, and he gave me the GRAND tour of the building. I'm smiling ear to ear. First stop, was this piece of rock, just past the restaurant.
First, the sink. And, there's my new friend, Bob.
Back on the road again! Here's my final photo of the trip. For the third day in a row, I chased the sunset. Ahhhhh.
All Good Things Come to an End...
A side note. Thank you for all your encouraging words about these blog posts. I've been thrilled to see that others have been somehow inspired by what I've shared! Let's be brave and adventurous more often, okay? xo