Moving on – to Colonial Beach,VA

9/23/14 Tuesday in Colonial Beach,VA (Harbor View Campground-TT/OW)

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John decided to take US 15 S all the way to US 17. (This paragraph speaks of the roads we took). It was a beautiful 4 lane, little traffic road to Frederick, MD, which we knew.

Near that town we stopped for fuel. The station wasn’t as spacious as John had figured but we found a way out. Unfortunately I was lost as to how to get back on US 15S (one sign was misleading) so we headed on 15N until John turned into a small mall. Notice the term small. We got turned around, but ran over a curb on our way in, getting back onto US 15S. Whew! In a short while it became a 2 lane with no shoulders and speed limits of 45 mph. Hey, it’s not big city traffic, which John wanted to avoid. It is pretty heavily traveled, including trucks. Sprinkled with stop lights and towns. The plus is that we were traveling in the country instead big cities. The road was smooth too. It became a busy 4 lane at Warrenton, then we were on US 17E which was also 4 lane. Next we took VA 3, just an nice as US 17 (4 lane) after you get through some residential parts of Fredricksburg. All in all I was proud of how calm I was, largely because I concentrated on trusting John’s driving.

We arrived in a little over 4 hrs, which included a stop for fuel, getting lost and 2 brief stops for potty breaks at wide spots on the side of the road. Great news – our CRV didn’t lose the power to start, nor did it lose it’s parking brake function. Most likely due to the new battery and minimizing the brake sensitivity of our Invisibrake.

Harbor View is a small park but most welcoming! You drive right onto a large flat area near the registration office to unhook your car. The Ranger drove us from there in a golf cart to a spot she felt best fit our needs. There are lots of trees (it reminds me of The Oaks at Yemassee) so few satellite sites, especially for DISH. She noted a site near us that does have DISH reception and that they would be leaving tomorrow. All are FHU sites (low water pressure), free, strong 50 amps, more spacious than at the Oaks. They are generally level sites (near the Potomac River, so sandy too). WiFi costs (Tengonet). Phone reception is not great (for Verizon), thus our Internet was difficult to get.  We face a large park lined with trees.

We enjoyed a walk around the campground, asking the Ranger some questions. She highly recommended a tour of Washington DC through US Tours. We called them, but have to set our date for Thursday since we’ll need to get into that prime satellite spot Wednesday. We’ll be meeting her van at the Walmart in Fredricksburg, 31 miles away which leaves at 7:45 am. We relaxed after that, watching DVR tapes.

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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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