Happy Birthday, Lynn!

1/27/13 Sunday at Maricopa, AZ (John Wayne RV Ranch-PPA)

Up at 7:30 to get to the Golden Corral in Casa Grande, to enjoy breakfast with friends we’d met at the Grandy Creek campground in Washington. We talked for 3 hours. Actually, they did most of the talking – giving us tips for our future travels. So much, and no pen or notepad! During our visit, our son Justin called to ask John about pain he was experiencing. A few hours later his wife called to let us know he’d gone to the ER and will be in the hospital a couple days. Please send your healing thoughts his way.

After lunch I cleaned house and John cleaned the water off our slide tops, in preparation for moving to Benson, AZ tomorrow. We considered travel plans, then, based on ideas from our morning visit.

Before we leave John Wayne RV Ranch, I thought I share a little about it.  We wondered why they named it for John Wayne since we haven’t found anything to do with him in the area, other than the road this is located on.  The answer:  John Wayne used to own property in the area, so the road here was named John Wayne Parkway.  Thus the owners could use his name for their RV campground.  What a way to entice people here!  It worked for us as well as the couple workcamping here!

IMG_6261They have full hookups, with 50 amps, with concrete pads that are next to most sites.  Plus nice, new bathrooms and a large concrete pad with a water hose to wash your rig ($10).  Nice plantings too – even a young orchard of orange, lemon, lime and tangerine trees.  They use black mulch – I’ve never seen that.

This is my one and only sister, Lynn’s, birthday too! Sounds like she had a great time – so good to hear.  A good time to celebrate life – on your birthday.  May many more come your way, Lynn.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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