Moving on – to Banning, CA

2/23/16 (Tuesday) in Banning, CA (Silent Valley Club Resort-ROD)

This trip was different from our normal travel days. Since our destination was only 48 miles away, we didn’t leave until John’s favorite TV show, Kelly and Michael, ended at 10. Also, because we didn’t have far to go and because the route included a very twisty mountain road, we didn’t hook up our car. I drove it! Yes, so I drove on I-10, following John who drove Miss Journey. This trip had a lot of new experiences for me: driving the freeway (haven’t since 2011), driving a mountain road (can’t remember when I did that) and driving for about an hour. It all went off without a hitch. I’m darn proud of myself! John, naturally, did a superb job driving Miss Journey through all that as well!

We took a walk around this huge campground-over 800 sites. Full hook ups, many choices for TV satellite viewing, great electricity (50 amps), with no extra charges. We’re in their off season (colder winter time), so many of their activities are closed, including the Family pools. Lots of wildlife with a great variety of birds. I’ve seen black juncos, towhees, morning doves, brush jays, bluebirds, finches, even a red-tailed hawk, along with bunnies and squirrels. Huge oak trees and even flowering plum trees! It’s breezy (windy actually the first couple days here), but comfortable in long pants and sweatshirts.


I’m sure this place is hopping in the summertime/peak season (May thru October). As we were searching for our site and setting up several people stopped to chat. One small issue here: our sewer hose is too large to fit into their sewer hole. We had to buy an adapter. Oh well, we have sewer and now are ready for the next campground with such an issue. Verizon cell service is marginal. Thank heavens they have free Wi Fi available at the Adult lodge.

My cousin Peter/Janice arrived in Palm Springs today, just as we arrived here. We knew this was likely. They came to visit friends who’d been staying in Thousand Trails in a cabin. As we found out later, they were just steps from our rig! Peter/Janice thought it would be fun for us all to get together, so we’re eating out tomorrow. They asked that we find a good restaurant in Idyllwild, just up the mountain from our campground, so closer for us than going back down to Palm Springs. It would also be a great scenic drive for them coming up San Jacinto Mountain to Idyllwild.


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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