West Point Museum

7/30/14 Wednesday in Florida, NY (Black Bear Campground-Private/$60/night)

I slept in until 8:30 am! Then we treated ourselves to omelets. I had a wonderful time sharing with my sister in West Virginia. John and I discussed future camping plans since my effort to secure reservations met with the news that the campground we wanted to stay at was closed while we expected to be there. Plus we can’t stay beyond our rental time (Jan) at the Peace River campground.

By the time we had lunch we felt refreshed and ready to visit West Point, the Museum that is. It’s in the Hudson river Valley, a beautiful area.

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Remarkable wealth of artifacts and information. I’ll just share it in photos. You can choose to read what you’d like. Clearly I chose those things that interested me.

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History. Kosciuszko (kah zee EHS koh) is special to us because we first learned of the part he played at West Point in the town of Kosciusko, MS, on the Natchez Trace.

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Major John Andre and Benedict Arnold. Major Andre interests me because my maiden name is Andre.

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More history. Astounding how educated they were, even in the early days.

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Weapons that were beautiful or intriguing.

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Wow. That was a LOT of information. It was just about closing time when we left. Tired as we were we still needed to do some grocery shopping. John had spotted a WalMart on our way to West Point so he figured we’d just go there. Easy to think. Unfortunately there was an exit before we saw the WalMart sign, so we missed it and had to travel a LONG way before we could get turned around. Then as we approached the right exit John thought it was another, just before, and turned then. This road took us far away from our destination and naturally it was over 6 miles before got to a round a bout to turn around and head back. Sheesh! When we finally made it John noticed that WalMart (in the entry area) had machines to take recycled items that New York will pay for. I’d been using bottled water for help with my dry mouth symptoms so we had a bag full and needed to cash them in before we left New York because the other states wouldn’t give us any recycle credit. We made a whopping $1.15 in a coupon to apply to our purchases. Works for me! They also didn’t accept bottles not sold in WalMart stores.  By the way, by changing my mouthwash from Listerine to ACT and using that bottled water while we were at Gateway to Cape Cod (metallic water) I am now back to normal.

Finally home we cooked up a great dinner of corn on the cob and chicken a la king. Yum!

Just enough energy for TV at night.

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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