Moving on – to Atascadero, CA

3/22/16 (Tuesday) in Atascadero, CA (Atascadero-Elks)

After dumping (no sewers at the sites here), we took off. Unfortunately, we were both not paying close attention and John took the US 101S ramp instead of the North ramp. Then as we made our way back and got onto a different entrance ramp, a car was honking at us on the right as it passed us. Hmm. I don’t think either of us saw him. John’s thought was that he shouldn’t be passing us on the right, in a one way ramp at that. I’m wondering if, when we made our left onto the ramp, he was making a right from the opposite side, thus we “ran into” each other. Thank heavens there was no contact, just a couple people thinking the other was in the wrong.

US 101N is still pretty much smooth with 4 lanes. Periodically we see signs: “End Freeway”, then soon after “Begin Freeway”. John noticed that those places have intersections (not ramps), but no lights thank heavens. Naturally we had to pick a windy day (N/NW at 20-30mph with gusts), but the scenery was still lovely green hills with trees and some agriculture. We arrived at 11:30, so not a bad trip. Just relaxed for the rest of the day, getting ready for our Hearst Castle tour tomorrow.


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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