Visiting a Cousin in Annapolis, MD

10/5/13 Saturday at Front Royal, VA (Skyline Ranch Resort-RPI)
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Turkey Vulture just above the dock

 

 

 

 

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IMG_2498 IMG_2501 Chesapeake Bay Bridge far IMG_2500 Chesapeake Bay Bridge close IMG_2505 IMG_2506

 

Lighthouse you can stay in  overnight

 

 

 

 

Chesapeake Bay Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John getting his hand at the wheel while David offers me water. Since we’ll be going east towards Washington DC, then around it on the Capital Beltway, then east again to Annapolis, we were a bit nervous about the trip. John had his GPS ready, I had my MS Streets and Trips GPS ready and we had notes from Kathryn for the last bit. We took it easy, sleeping in and all, because we didn’t need to leave until 10:30 am, to get there by 1 pm.

IMG_2507 IMG_2511 IMG_2513Views from their back yard.

 

All went smoothly, with a rest stop for a quick lunch at 11:30, then we tackled I-495 (the Beltway). John did just fine. There was a good bit of congestion, probably due to the cars off the side at one point, then on US 50 to Kathryn’s place. We found the last street and mailboxes with hers among them, BUT we couldn’t find her house, due to a lot of vegetation and the houses were set back from that little road. We texted Kathryn and she guided us in. She’d seen us turn around at the mailboxes.

She’d mentioned that we’d take a boat ride but we figured we’d arrived late for that (1:16 pm). We were wrong. After meeting this adorable family (Kathryn, her husband David and daughter Sara) and getting our stuff set into our room, we set off for their dock and boat. Sara (16) stayed home.

These are images from their place and our boat ride. That Bay sure covers a lot of territory.

Back at the homestead, they got busy preparing a most exquisite dinner of 2-3” tall steaks (grilled to perfection) new red potatoes (marinated and grilled) asparagus (also grilled) and a Caesar salad with a secret punch of flavor. Plus wine to top it off. Ah, it can’t get much better than this. It did, though, with a grand conversation until late into the night.

 

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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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