Moving on – to Lenoir, NC

10/15/13 Tuesday at Lenoir, NC (Green Mountain Park Resort-TT/MA)

It’s sure nice to have a short trip ahead of us; only 109 miles today. Because we didn’t have to get moving as soon, we left our slides out last night. Since we know what to look for and John had confirmed that the 3M weatherstrip was holding tight, getting them in this morning was smooth. That’s such a relief. So, we got up at 7 am and were leaving by 9:22 am.

We’re traveling south on I-77. I must say Virginia has the best roads we’ve seen, consistent throughout the places here we’ve been to. The first part out of Hillsville was a lot of steep downhills, with leveling pauses interspersed. After I-77 we took US 421, a very nice 4 lane road, then on to US 18, a 2 lane road. Now things got interesting, hills, curves, people behind, then a car in front with brakes on going uphill, then turning off the road. TOTD: Too old to drive was John’s term for that driver. Soon after a squirrel runs across the road in front of us, pauses at the double yellow line, then runs back into our lane as we pass. We’re pretty sure we hit it. It even had a nut in its mouth. So sad. Too bad they run on instinct instead of logic. Later we saw highway workers using Halloween bags (orange) to pick up litter.

No major excitement after that. Got to our campground in 2 hours which is typical: 50 miles takes 1 hour (without stops). Lovely, sunny day, so we took a walk around the preserve after we settled in and had lunch. Heavily forested, with several ponds and streams. Thus we have no satellite TV, but some local antenna TV, plus full hookups including 50 amp power. Internet in the “Great Hall”. We’ll see how that goes. Otherwise it’s go to a town parking lot.

Note: we noticed lovely southern drawls in Virginia and even stronger southern speech here. That plus the prickly pear cactus we saw help us feel more like we’re in the South. Also, our campground roads are bordered by huge rhododendron plants, similar to the blackberry plants we enjoyed in Mount Vernon, WA.

We’re settled next to a lovely little stream, so I’m sharing a picture of us in our spot.


We finished the day off with a dice game of “10,000”, since our TV shows weren’t available. Each of us won a game. Fair enough.


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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