Moving on – to Betty/Denny’s RV Pad in Longwood, FL

1/3/14 Friday at Longwood, FL (Betty/Denny’s pad)

Out of the preserve about 9:15 am and on our way after a brief stop to make sure we’d put the satellite dish down. Smooth trip, except for congestion in the Disney area and around Orlando, which we expected.

Orlando Bldgs

Upon our arrival at 10:45 am (47 miles) John had 3 of us helping him get parked into their tight space. Except for our tigers greeting everyone who passes by on the sidewalk or road, you’d never know a 40′ RV was parked there, it’s so well camouflaged with trees and green. Nice protection from the sun too. Of course, today was darn cold. Denny whipped up a fire (real wood fire in their home fireplace) to help us all get toasty as we visited.

We split for lunch to our own abodes, then returned to the warm fire in the fireplace and well as their hearts. They gave us great information to help with our trip down to Marathon; be sure to take the Turnpike from Pompano Beach down to Hwy 1 to avoid really bad Miami roads, lights, construction, congestion, idiot drivers and a confused GPS. In all their years of living in Florida they’ve managed to avoid the Turnpike but after their experience going to the Keys in October, they would take the Turnpike next time for sure.

Also, having spent over 6 weeks there, they gave us pages of info on the best places to visit and snorkel. Plus, when we return for a week they’ll be gone, so they gave us helpful tips for the places we want to visit during that time.

We’d planned to take them out to dinner in thanks, but Betty had other plans. She had a spaghetti sauce simmering the whole day. Was it ever tasty. We all enjoyed huge 1st and 2nd helpings. Not to mention our drinks before dinner. There was yummy salad and bread of course. Plus many choices for desert. I “strayed” off my fruit day to have a piece of her pecan pie. Ah. So good. Our good conversation just continued on until bedtime. They are such a giving couple. We are blessed to know them.

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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