Fun Day Away From Miss Journey, at Gilroy, CA

4/6/16 (Wednesday) in Paicines, CA (San Benito-TT)

It was to get in the high 80’s here in Paicines, in the low 90’s in Gilroy, so we decided to make a day of it in Gilroy (where there are air conditioned buildings!)

Gilroy is an hour from our campground, on our way to our next campground, Russian River-TT, so we wanted to first check out 2 different paths to US 101 from here. We discovered that turning off at Fairview (which becomes Shore Rd), was quicker by 2 minutes with only 2 stoplights BUT it was a curvier and rougher road, sometimes without any shoulders. Less traffic (it goes around Hollister on the east side), but not so smooth. Returning home we took SR 25 the whole way. This was a lovely 2, sometimes 4 lane road that was smooth. It did have more traffic and 10 stoplights, many staying green for us. All in all, we felt SR 25 was the better choice.

When we arrived at Gilroy we first went to Great Clips. I had cut John’s hair already this morning, so it was now my turn. I love Great Clips because they have my hair cutting instructions in their computer system and I can open their app on my smart phone and with one touch let them know I’m coming. They put my name up on their computer so that when I arrive they immediately give me a stylist. How is that for service?! I’ve been very happy with my haircuts too. John explored the nearby grocery store while I was getting my hair cut, then we both did some shopping there. It was lunch time by now so John had spotted an “In-N-Out” hamburger joint on our way and we managed to find it again. Had a great lunch (first time @ an In-N-Out). They serve just a simple variety of hamburgers for cheap, with lots of produce inside, so I was happy. We met a fun couple that have an RV while there, so had a thoroughly good time.

I’ve run out of books, so I wanted to use my NookColor eReader, to get books from our library. I’ve been struggling to get it to upload the app I need: Overdrive. So we went to Barnes and Noble. There we found out that it’s so old it would be a big struggle to get everything put together for it to work. SO, having done some earlier research (I’d suspected my Nook was too old now), I want to get a Kindle Paperwhite eReader. Anyway, we had a great time looking at all sorts of books. John even found “Aggravation”, a game that he now realized it just like “Fast Track” with marbles instead of pegs. He has fond memories of having met the inventor of “Aggravation”. We managed to leave without buying anything, but we didn’t have the same will power at Costco.

We just needed a bag of sliced almonds BUT, we ended up spending almost 2 hours wandering in the glorious air condition cool (window shopping), and bought many more things, including pj’s for me and golf gloves for John. He even got gas in our car and air in its tires. The rest was food, so I don’t think that was so bad. It was such fun, though!

We didn’t arrive home until 4:30, so that was just right. We thought we saw the electricians leaving the campground, and sure enough, we had power when we arrived, thus we got our A/C working right away. One of the food items we’d purchased was a Costco roasted chicken. Mmmm, SO good. Perfect ending to a fun “Day in Town”.

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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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2 Responses to Fun Day Away From Miss Journey, at Gilroy, CA

  1. We spend way too much at Costco. I think its impossible to walk out of costco
    without buying something. 🙂

  2. Patricia Elser says:

    Totally agree. They have quality items, though, so I never regret those purchases.

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