Heavy Rain – All Day So A Day Off

4/11/13 Thursday at Natchez, MS (Natchez State Park)

The storm that brought snow to the North is bringing lots of rain to us, along with tornado warnings for counties SE of us. It started about 5:30 am and just kept up. Thanks to having all our slides in we have no water issues this time! We thought the storm would be done by 10 am at the latest, but it started later and got slower, so the predictions are for rain until 2 pm. Since this day the trip we planned would take over 4 hours, we both decided we’d rather sit this one out here at Natchez than struggle driving in the dense rain (floodwater warnings to boot) all day.

Being scaredy cats we’d made reservations for our next stop, Legion State Park. We’d thought hard about staying at Jeff Busby campground, which is free and right on the Trace, but were concerned that we’d not find a space for our bus house there. So now we’re traveling farther, off the Trace, to get to Legion and have to cancel our reservations. They keep 100% of your payment (for the whole 4 nights) if you do cancel, but if we just arrive a day late, then they’ll just keep 100% of that night’s fees. They’ll give you a “credit/voucher” for 50% of that which you can use in future campground reservations in Mississippi. Tough. Just the same, stressing on a long drive is worth losing $10-$20 dollars for one night.

Besides, with Justin’s help, I’ve gotten my photo upload problem solved, so I need to get busy with the blog. I’ve been so busy and tired since I stopped blogging that I have a lot of writing to do as well! A day off from exploring, perfect!

The rain slowed around noon. We still felt good, holed up in our cozy RV, with all the slides in.

I worked on blog writing until 3 pm while John relaxed.

By 3:30 we we off to Natchez, to see if the Elks lodge would sell us a book for North East Elks with RV camping. Unfortunately, nobody was there. The place looked abandoned. We then got groceries and came back home via the Trace. We use it to get from point to point whenever it’s feasible.

I worked on the blog some more, then we had our leftover chili dinner. During the news we saw that a tornado (life threatening) had touched down near the border of Mississippi and Alabama. Whew! The blue skies and sun beckoned us so we went walking in the woods, on a “nature trail” that was pretty soggy. It led to a river. The sun was still shining on the river and the woods were dark. Just gorgeous. I forgot my camera. Oh well. The woods here are full of light green, with strips of dark brown for contrast. Nice.

Back at home I got my blog writing caught up while John pondered his computer.

At bedtime, this night, it was so cold (high of 54 degrees), we pulled our heavy bed covers over the sheets and turned on the space heater!  Just think, we were sleeping without sheets and with a fan blowing over us last night.  Good old Mother Nature.

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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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