Moving on – to Arley AL

3/24/14 Monday Arley, AL (Hidden Cove-TT/MA)

Thanks to our preparation yesterday we were on the road by 8:30 am. Those secondary roads do have nice scenery. We got into Alabama soon and soon after that the time changed to Central, one hour earlier. Eventually we got to I-20. Just think, we took I-10 E from California to New Orleans, now we’re on I-20 W for a bit.

I-20 hill headed for Birmingham, AL

Alabama

Birmingham roads remind me of Louisiana, they beat you up. We stopped at the Pilot on US 78 here for fuel, sandwich and to stretch our legs. About halfway through our journey. Also got to the big city after 10 am, what I aim for in order to miss the commuter traffic. Then we continued North on US 78 – a great road with 4, then 6 lanes. Of course that couldn’t last forever. Once we left US 78 life was not so fine. The county roads were 2 lane, no shoulder with traffic lights. CR 41 10 miles of rough ride, but we made it!!! We got a nice long level site that looks out on the lake. FHU with 50 amps (free). Thank heavens we have free WiFi with a decent speed.

When we were settled we had lunch, got the sheets washing and set out in search of cell phone service to discover it’s not here. We did find some in the nearby little town of Arley. You can’t have everything. This is a nice place to just sit back and relax. We intend to do that once we get caught up with chores. We enjoyed “Dancing With The Stars” for our evening entertainment.

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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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