National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

4/11/15 Saturday in Concho,OK (Lucky Star Casino-free/FHU)

Rain this morning. We really hoped it would get all the tree pollen out of the air. John is still suffering, even with allergy pills.

Since we planned to go to OK city and see the sights with Richard and Jinhiee, John offered to drive because our car takes less fuel than Richard’s and Jinhiee’s trucks and is easier to park. John’s GPS got lost in the city (new roads), so we took longer to find our way, taking an hour to arrive at The Cowboy Museum. $9.50/senior (62+). Wow. It took us all day and we could have spent another day. So much art (Western) and artifacts, it was fascinating. Very well presented, even with sculptures and famous rodeo animals buried in the surrounding lovely grounds. So many rooms, it was easy to get lost, but there were “Rangers” all over to help you out. One of our favorites was the “Livery Stable”-at least that was the first area you walk into of the regular old Western town. Another place was set up like a rodeo. My favorite art was in the “Prix de West” exhibit. First Place/Best of Show winner paintings/sculptures are purchased by the museum each year and belong to their permanent collection. Beautiful. It was great fun to see art and know that John was enjoying it too.  Note: you can click on image to enlarge and read the text.

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They even had a great little restaurant where we all splurged, enjoying their buffet, with deserts too. Thank heavens, because it was getting to be 3:30 when we were ready to leave. We even bought some gift shop items – John Wayne’s last movie (DVD) “The Shootist” and a small book on “Route 66”.

cowboy lunch

Since Richard and Jinhiee had items they needed from Camping World we stopped their on our way home. If you have any interest in things Western, we highly recommend this museum. The parking is free too!

When we got back to Lucky Star Casino we saw that lots of water had puddled near our rig. Our city water connection was really leaking, so John unhooked it and we changed to our fresh water tank/water pump. We finished our night with a very light supper snack, still so full from our buffet.

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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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