Shopping at the DeLand RV Show

3/1/14 Saturday at Wildwood, FL (Alliance Coach)

Last night, as I was lying awake I realized that I’d failed to cancel our reservations at Three Flags for March 1 until March 6. Hoping they would have mercy on me (somehow March just seemed much farther away than the next day after 2/28), I called the actual campground instead of reservations. Ah, she was very gracious and canceled all our reservations. Whew!

So after breakfast that’s where we went. It took about an hour and half to get there. Part of why we went was that the salesman at Alliance called the salesman at the show so that guy could give us free tickets in. There weren’t many rigs there in our interest range (2), nor many others so we headed over to the La Mesa RV center to check out what they had. It’s interesting how you kind of shift your requirements as you see more coaches. For instance I’d rather not have tile – heavy weight you have to lug around and a cold hard surface for your tootsies. I don’t like carpet because you’re walking the forest right into your carpet – so hard to keep clean. So my preference is laminates: strong, good looking, light weight and comfortable to walk on. Now I’ve seen that most of the time laminates are put with dinette booths (we’d rather chairs) and more cheaply made rigs. Sigh. So I’m adjusting to having tile. Although it’s interesting how, when you set a price limit, everything you’re attracted to the most is above it. Part of this for us seems to be they keep showing us new coaches or older than we want. There don’t seem to be many available in the 2-5 year old ranges. Our salesman here noted a few rigs that were in the Bushnell RV show now that fit our description. That place is even closer to us than DeLand. By this time we were pushing our luck with getting back to Wildwood for the potluck at 3:30 so we let them know we’d be a little late. They wanted to know when. We told them 4 pm. As it happened we barely got back in time to get there so thank heavens I’d finished the macaroni salad last night. We also brought our dishes and chairs as well as some wine. What a grand time all 9 of us had. When it got dark we reluctantly packed up and left the campfire and our fun friends.

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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