Moving on – to Texola,OK

4/13/15 Monday in Texola,OK (Double D RV Park-PPA)

We were SO glad we’d brought our slides in yesterday because all the wind and rain during the night was more bearable than the night before-so much quieter. Plus I think I just plain felt safer, so I definitely had a better night’s sleep. We felt that despite the rain (100%) and wind (NE @ 20mph) we’d be headed into, that traveling tomorrow would be worse, so we picked what seemed the best window of time (10am), getting more rain, but less wind. John said much of the time driving was similar to how it felt to drive Miss Zanzibar after her suspension work had been done, with some times more like before the suspension work. Since it was a 129 mile trip, we also felt it would be doable. Beautiful scenery, but with raindrops on our windshield, the camera would only focus on those, so no photos.

No issues getting ready to leave this time because we did so much earlier: never put the jacks down, pulled in the slides before the rain. More good news: John thinks that dropping sound I’ve been hearing at least once during every trip may simply be the vacuum cleaner tipping and hitting the slide wall behind my seat. It makes sense-it started after we’d moved the vacuum from the bottom of our closet to behind the passenger chair. No wonder nothing (like the slides or awning) seemed affected by it.

After heartfelt goodbys and hugs with Richard and Jinhiee, we took off. Richard (with his small trailer) is headed south to Texas to help his sister some more and Jinhiee (with her Montana 5th wheel) is headed east to Tulsa, OK, to visit a relative and to see a concert somewhere. They’re both in Thousand Trails so who knows, it’s feasible we might see them again.

This was a short (129 miles), simple (all on I-40) trip. We did have rain and 20 mph winds most of the way, but John felt that most of the time it was like driving Miss Zanzibar after our suspension work had been done. There were some times it felt like pre-suspension work times, so all had been dealt with before. The wind picked up when we arrived so we decided to NOT put the levelers down (muddy, gravelly ground for John to clean them) and NOT to put the slides out. The wind got to 26 mph, so I felt so much safer in our cozy “tin” box. It did settle down when night fell.

Sunset from our campsite:

sunset

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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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