Goodby Chesapeake Bay and Cousins Kathy/Kathryn and David; Hello New Friends Lou and June

10/6/13 Sunday at Front Royal, VA (Skyline Ranch Resort-RPI)

Another glorious, sunny day, warmer than normal for October. I enjoyed the morning wandering their backyard, dock and the neighborhood. John gave our CRV a good cleaning (all the bugs here left quite a few guts on the windshield). David and Kathryn both love cooking. Sara loves words and is currently applying for prestigious colleges, with an emphasis in creative writing. David treated us to a steak (from last night) and eggs breakfast. Yum, once again! More time sharing until we needed to leave, after heartfelt goodbyes. We’re SO glad we got to spend this time with them all. Good luck Sara, may you get the college that fits you best. Very sorry we didn’t get to meet Daniel, who is in his last year of law school in Boston.

Our trip back was easier, having gone that route coming here. Some periodic congestion, of course. We stopped in Front Royal to get fueled up, then on to our rig. We even had an afternoon to relax.

Since we’d been sitting a lot recently, we took a walk around the campground before supper. We waved to a couple sitting outside. Later in our walk I suggested we ask them if they have seen anything here besides the Skyline Drive (which is gated to us all). When we did, we found out they’ve been motorcycling all around this area, enjoying the scenery on the side roads. They’d been to the Luray Caverns about 40 years ago and thought they were great, worth the cost. Then we found out they’re Thousand Trails members too and plan to be an Lenoir, NC (Green Mountain Resort) when we are. Cool. They invited us to their campfire after supper, so we all split for dinner. When it was getting dark, we came back just as Lou was getting out of his rig to start the fire. He hadn’t even seen us!! Thus the beginning of a fun evening of more conversation.

John wanted to get back for showers (it was 9:30 pm) and “The Mentalist”. Because the shows had been delayed due to football, we didn’t get to sleep until almost midnight. Sheesh! Really miss the DVR.

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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