Hidden Lake Trail

8/11/15 (Tuesday) in Leavenworth, WA (Leavenworth Resort-TT)

Early this morning I saw this very quiet lizard that even let me get real close with my phone camera.

lizard

He was so complacent I was certain he’d still be on that log after I’d gotten Justin and the kids. Wouldn’t you know, I dragged the whole family to that log (Jamie even left sausages on the grill) to see him, but he’d left. Thankfully I did have that photo so they’d know I hadn’t made it up.

Off to our trail. It took a good half hour, including a gravel pot holed road, to get to the trailhead, where there was a fee. Oh well, it was worth it.

LK 1 LK 2 LK 3 LK 4

The kids had a great time until we were headed back down the trail and poor Gabe just was so tired he tripped over rocks and was generally miserable. I told John it felt like he was a Pigpen with misery floating all around him. Poor guy-it’s rough being 5. Lots of walking for a little guy on top of all the excitement of the last several days.

John and I spent the rest of the day resting (reading, napping). We then were treated to a fabulous grilled meal of chicken and veggies all marinated in a flavorful, hot sauce, set over rice. Yum! Naturally, while the kids watched their nightly movie we enjoyed more of “13”. Last night John and I each won a game. This time Justin and Jamie each one, so I think they’re feeling more positive about the game now.

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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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