Root Beer Saloon

Root Beer Saloon

When the kids said we were having lunch at the Root Beer Saloon I had no idea what to expect.  Then we pulled up in front of this little place in a very quiet, very small town in Southern Illinois…and I knew it was going to be interesting.

It was. 

There was so much stuff to look at inside.  The food was delicious, and the root beer was served in icy cold glass mugs, just like the old root beer stands used to serve.  

The owner shared some good conversation with us, and showed us one of the Zuni guitars he has made. 

I found myself wishing that I’d brought along my tripod so that I could get better images in the dark interior.  But, if I’d been thinking only of photos I would have missed all the fun and conversation that we had.

Sometimes you just have to leave the camera alone and sit back and enjoy.

5 Comments

  1. Wow – what a great place! And there is nothing better than ice-cold root beer in a glass mug. (And I should know as I worked at a root beer stand the summer before college 🙂 And I completely agree about leaving the camera in the bag – sometimes it is all about the experience and being present to enjoy it.

  2. This reminds me of when my parents would take us to Frosty Top for root beer. It was a rare treat and therefore a very special time for us. They'd bring those frosty mugs right out to the car and we'd sit in the heat and drink root beer. I'm in total agreement about leaving the camera behind. I find myself sometimes so obsessed with getting pictures that I miss the experience.

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