Longest Covered Bridge in the US

8/15/13 Thursday at Jefferson, OH (Kenisee Lake-TT)

Another beautiful day. It’s been unseasonably cool, fall-like weather, according to the newscasters (highs in low 70’s, lows in 40’s). We really prefer this to the hot, humid days of summer here.

Unfortunately, I took most of this gorgeous morning posting the blog.

IMG_1404We ate lunch a bit early, so we could get to the little concert in Jefferson (free) at noon. The concert turned out to be a vocalist. She had a great voice and sang songs we enjoy – from the old days. Then, in a great desire for more speed, even if it meant sunny reflections, we set up the Wilson Antenna in the parking lot there, so I could order some books for our granddaughter’s birthday.

 

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Off to Smolen – Gulf Bridge: fourth longest in the world. 613 feet long above the Ashtabula River. Dedicated in 2008 (yes, built recently and traffic safe). The roof is aluminum. The bridge should last 100 years. It just doesn’t have the ambiance of the old bridges.

Then we shopped at Giant Eagle, a largely Ohio grocery store. They sure have great produce. Of course, we’d already gotten ours at the Farmer’s Market.

We got home around 3:30 pm, just in time to relax before supper. It was so beautiful tonight, as we walked around the campground.

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Fun times scheduled: at 7 pm we gathered at Karen and Sherie’s campfire, meeting Judy, a wonderful nature photographer. Bill and Marie were there too. Along with S’mores, we shared fun stories. (Sherie/Karen)  Apparently, their refrigerator didn’t need to be replaced, only the cooling unit. Plus they found out that to fix the tired door seals (the seals let a dollar bill get pulled out), you can put some special filler in the crease of the seal, to make it fatter as it lies against the fridge. We need that!

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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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