Hershey Gardens and Hersheypark’s ZooAmerica

8/23/14 Saturday in Lebanon,PA (Hershey-TT)

This was an efficient morning where I got the blog posted and we went to the Manger’s Meeting. Well, except for the fact that John thought it was at the Adult Center. As we waited there, wondering why no one else was coming, we overheard the Camp Host (sales) explaining elements of a Thousand Trails membership. When she said if you buy it in Florida you’ll have to pay taxes but if you buy it here (PA) you won’t have taxes, I asked to interject. We bought our membership in Texas which didn’t tax memberships yet we’re getting taxed on our dues. She said that’s not right, to call Member Services. Good to know. THEN we asked about the Manager’s Meeting. Oh, that’s at the Welcome Center. Oops. So we were late to that meeting but still learned lots. I was grateful for our mistake because I wouldn’t have learned that bit about taxes. We’ll see how true that is.

In the afternoon we went grocery shopping (still needed orange juice). At home we walked over to Shorty’s site but he wasn’t there so we tried the people at the Ventana coach and they were there, even welcoming us in to see their rig. So we had a great time discussing the good points of this Newmar rig.

Too soon it was supper time. We watched the rest of our tape of “Beyond the Sea” (Bobby Darin) and I thumb tacked our counter liner to the bottom of our narrow (4”) shelves in the living room. That liner just wouldn’t stay down, so this was a great solution.

From the “archives” (2009), images of Hershey Gardens (and Butterfly House):

garden 4 garden 5 garden 6 garden 7 garden 8 garden 10

butterfly 2 butterfly 5 butterfly 6

Form the Hersheypark ZooAmerica

zoo 1 zoo 3 zoo 4 zoo 5 zoo 6


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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