Historic Blakely State Park, Then Gator Alley Boardwalk

3/10/15 Tuesday in Robertsdale, AL (Wilderness RV-RPI ($13/night))

Heavy rain all night. We didn’t sleep well so by the morning we decided not to go to the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum. Just too much after our very busy Monday and our terrible, little sleep night.

Then our neighbors (Jack/Jackie) invited us to join them going to Historic Blakely State Park in Spanish Fort, AL. It’s not so far away and is famous for the last major battle of the Civil War that was fought here, ending on the same day but after the surrender of General Robert E Lee miles away in Virginia. We didn’t take the self-guided tour of the battlefield, even got a bit lost just trying to find the boardwalk on the water. Finally found it, enjoying a lovely lunch there. Then we mostly wandered on various trails. They have a campground here and a boat you can book to tour on (2 hours).

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Then they drove us all to Gator Alley Boardwalk in Daphne,AL.  Those brown spots on the second image/bridge are little mud homes built by “mud daubers” (as explained by Jack/Jackie above).  They are wasp like critters that don’t sting but they can bite.  The birds are both Anhinga (related to the Cormorants).

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We overshot our exit so we were concerned about getting back in time for the clubhouse potluck but we made it in fine time! There were about 20 people there. Plenty of food and fun sharing. Back to our coach to watch the final game in the WCC tournament. Good game. This time Gonzaga played even harder than BYU and WE won, by 16 points!!! We really pulled away in the second half. Whew!!! Tournament Champions! Now there is hope that we’ll get a #2 seed in the NCAA Western Region.

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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