Moving on – to Hillsville, VA

10/8/13 Tuesday at Hillsville, VA (Lake Ridge RV Resort-PPA ($17/night PPA rate, $34/night Fri, Sat nights)

IMG_2518 IMG_2519 IMG_2523We’re traveling south down the Shenandoah Valley today on I-81. Nice views, but heavy traffic. There sure are lots of trucks in these parts. According to our friends, Joe and Carnie, it’s a main north/south route for the East, like I-5 on the West Coast. About 2/3rd of the way we stopped at Pilot to get fuel. We stopped in the road because there was a line that far. When we were able to move out of the road, we stopped at the 1st possible pump, so if any cleared up we could access them, since we can’t back up with our towed car. The truck behind us (yes the line continued) honked at us several times. I got out to explain to him. By then a lane opened up. Yay! It took a total of 20 minutes, so not so bad. Fewer leaves are changing here, I imagine because it’s further south.

We arrived after about 5.5 hours, at 2 pm. There were a few passengers, stink bugs, that didn’t know they were in for a 244 mile ride. We got 2 of them out of the rig but there is at least one still loose. They don’t bite, look a little like flattened saucers. Apparently, they really stink if you squash them. A lady at the grocery store in Kimbolton said you could put a drop of Dawn dish washing liquid in a cup of water and they will flock to it and drown. Her son had great fun watching them stream into his cup. So we’ll live.

I really enjoyed this trip, so I wasn’t all that tired this time. We walked around the campground for exercise. John’s back was hurting, so we hoped this would help. When we got back, he put a Bengay heating patch on it and it helped.

After supper we watched our tapes of “Breaking Bad” (Season 1). Mesmerizing. They start each show with a teaser, then end them with a cliff hanger. I love all the chemistry tips they share. Well written script. I was laughing out loud at times. John is still watching the shows with me. There is some violence and gore. I’m sure teenage boys would totally love this show.

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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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