A is for Abilene Texas – Blogging Through the Alphabet

Here goes, week number one in our next round of Blogging Through the Alphabet. How did I decide to choose Abilene, Texas? Well, you see we had a bit of an adventure this past November that found us spending a few days in Abilene after being rescued by an auto club tow truck in Lorraine. As it turns out, my transmission decided it could turn no longer and needed to be replaced and the only auto club approved service in the area was Proctor Automotive Service in Abilene

Now you would think this could have been a scary situation. My middle daughter, grandson, and I being towed into a town where we knew no one with a vehicle that was decidedly…well…dead on its wheels. Truth be told we were treated so well by the folks at Proctor that it felt more like we were returning to our home town. They made sure we were taken to our hotel and offered to stop along the way for anything we might need for the night. After talking about children and grandchildren it felt like we were old friends.


The view of Lorraine Texas from our tow truck

Of course, at that point, we weren’t sure it was the transmission but the local sheriff had predicted it when he stopped by to check on us as we waited for our tow. He made sure we knew where the city hall was in Lorraine where they were terrific about letting us use their facilities during our three-hour wait (oh yes, that part was quite an adventure).

So all in all, even though it was a costly endeavor, I have to say we had quite a pleasant stay in this west Texas town and have added it to our bucket list for a future visit. After speaking to several of the locals we found out that Abilene is the Storybook Capital of America and home of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature.

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Several folks also told us about Frontier Texas! an interactive museum plus the official visitors’ center for Abilene and the Texas Forts Trail Region. We didn’t have a chance to visit this time but we’ve added it to our bucket list for a future trip.

In addition to these spots, Abilene is also home to the Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden which boasts sculptures of some of Garth Williams most famous and popular children’s illustrations from Charlotte’s Web, to Stuart Little to (one of my favorites) the Three Little Kittens. There are others including classics by Dr. Zeuss, William Joyce and others to enjoy in other spots around the city as well.

What could have turned into a disastrous memory of our travels has instead become a fond memory of helpful people and a city we hope to visit again one day.

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5 thoughts on “A is for Abilene Texas – Blogging Through the Alphabet”

  1. Dawn says:

    What an adventure! I’m glad it all turned out well. I would love to visit the story book garden sometime.

  2. TaMara Sloan says:

    It sounds like the people of Abilene helped turn what could have only been a disaster of an experience into a positive one. How nice!

  3. Annette says:

    Oh, wasn’t that nice of them! 🙂 so nice when you are stopped in with friendly folks. 🙂

  4. Kirsten West says:

    What an amazing story! Thank you so much for joining the Link Party! I cannot wait to read your post for next week!

  5. My favorite part was the picture with the caption “The view of Lorraine Texas from our tow truck.” Too funny!

    I have never thought of Abilene as a place to visit, but you’ve listed some pretty fun attractions. Thanks for sharing!

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