Moving on – to Concho,OK

4/10/15 Friday in Concho,OK (Lucky Star Casino-free/FHU)

Remember how John figured out that wiping down the jacks when we arrived at Red River Ranch enabled them to come up quickly? So he applied this knowledge to this trip. Before pulling them up, he wiped them. It was cool this morning (49 degrees), but 3 of them came up soon. The last was up before we left. Whew! Guess he’s got a new pre trip job now. Our dash I-pod stopped working, so I guess bringing up the bedroom I-pod radio no longer was working its voodoo magic. At least we had it to play, though!

Oklahoma has rolling hills, pastures and farmland south of Oklahoma City.  John got a little thrill seeing these old cars in the last image.

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This was a nice trip overall with some bumpy roads. We did manage to make a wrong decision. We knew we needed to go north on I-44, but my GPS didn’t give any NSEW sort of indication. John’s GPS said take the I-44 E, but his logic new we needed to connect with I-40 W, so we chose I-44 W. Wrong. Thankfully there were cloverleaf options to get off and then on to I-44 E which nicely directed us onto I-40 W.

Oklahoma has more Indian tribes and more casinos than any other state, I believe.  This is a small, older casino, with 10 FHU RV sites on gravel.  They tend to slant to the back (away from the casino), but easy to get level. In fact, we used blocks for the first time, but were so level then that John suggested we just not put our levelers/stabilizers down. Thus we don’t have that when-will-they-come-up issue when we leave. We had our lunch and worked on some campground research again. I even updated our schedule in my blog.

Our friends, Richard and Jinhiee got here around 2:30pm, in time to get into empty sites. At that point only 3 remained. We had fun watching/supervising their getting backed in and settled. Jinhiee just got her 5th wheel and truck last October. This is the 3rd time she’s tried to back it into a site. Before she’d get a helpful camper to do it for her! Once they were settled we all enjoyed a little visiting in the shade, separating for supper. They went to the casino for “Indian Tacos”. They said they were excellent and huge – splitting one between them and still feeling stuffed. Then they got their Player’s cards (with $10 free play). After our fish supper we knocked on their doors, but no responses, so we went for a walk to investigate the casino. Lo and behold we happened upon Richard and Jinhiee playing. It was fun watching them play, switching each other’s cards and penny slot machines. So we got our own cards and played a little but the cigarette smoke was a pain, so we went home before they did.

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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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