Cousin Bruce, then Moving on – to Forest Bo Wood, a COE Park

5/13/13 Monday at Sullivan, IL (Forest Bo Wood-COE)

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Good bye images from Horseshoe Lakes campground










IMG_9244 IMG_9245We got the rig to Adam’s (Country Camper Center) before 8 am. After talking about the job, we called Bruce to let him know we could come visit any time today, then explored things to do in Champaign and Urbana. Since we had to leave a message for Bruce, we went ahead to the Anita Purvis Nature Center, where we saw Screech owls and Box turtles, then walked the Busey Trail







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IMG_9236A shy white flower and bossy metallic blue bug on the trail.





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My cousin is a Dentist!! Not only that, he splits wood for Habitat for Humanity and is a star baseball player on the senior team.

We all enjoyed a delightful lunch at the Brown Bag deli, then Bruce left to do a root canal and we went back to Country Camper Center. Adam was not quite ready but by 4:00 pm we could leave for our new site at the Corps of Engineer park.

On our way, we came across a lot of Amish – riding bicycles or driving buggies on the shoulder, when there was one. Fun! Except concerning, trying to pass them safely. Finally, by 5:30 pm we arrived. After unhooking the car, we got signed in and drove the car to look for a site. Once we found it we drove back to the gate house to pay and let them know which site we chose. That was the 1st trip of 5 to that gate house! All because they couldn’t get my credit card to work. So I went back to get John’s card (#2). It didn’t work. I went again (#3) to get cash, only to find out my phone was ringing: it was VISA calling about fraud. THAT’S why they couldn’t get our cards to work. John and I reviewed with the VISA lady all the purchases they had recorded (including the recent Brown Bag lunch) as good, but still she said the card was compromised. She said she’d leave the card open for our campground fee, then close it in 15 minutes. I drove back to the gate house (#4) to have them run my card again. It took about 5 minutes (we think it must have taken that long for the VISA lady to clear the “fraud” hold. Meanwhile John had backed the rig in, put the blocks down, drove over them once when I was there, got the slides out another time I was there, leveled it and started supper. When I got back to the rig, he reminded me that he needed our physical address to call DISH for new local satellite settings. Back to the gate house (#5). All I can say, what a wonderful opportunity for exercise if we hadn’t been so rushed – to walk instead of driving the car. Oh, and John found that we were still getting Evansville, IN stations, so he decided we didn’t need to have the settings changed.

Hey, supper was SO good, but, of course, late. We watched Dancing With The Stars as we ate and then washed dishes.

Bedtime was a bit late but all in all, what could have been a really stressful day ended well. Much worse things than credit card blocks have happened when moving your RV.


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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