Fruit Loop Trail, Cascade Locks Ale Pub Horseradish and Cherries

6/29/16 (Wednesday) in White Salmon, WA (Bridge RV Park)

The Fruit Loop Trail covers about 35 miles in total, but we just went to a few of the businesses. Since there were about 20 of us we car pooled (also because of the toll bridge at Hood River, needed to get over to the Oregon side of the Columbia River). We all went to the first places in a caravan. Our first was what I considered the best, the Gorge White House. It’s an historical place but they weren’t giving tours today, so we soaked in the gorgeous views, flowers and fruits.

Gorge White House

Next up was Smiley’s. This was a small fruit stand, so we moved on rather soon to the Sawtooth Tavern, where we had lunch. Great food on a shaded patio with picnic tables, perfect for our large group. Plus their food was excellent, served quickly too considering there was only one waiter and one cook! It seems like a hole-in-the wall place, but that would be where first impressions are wrong.

After lunch we started to go separate ways. Our car (including Kathy/Jim) went for photo shots, first to the Lavender Farm.

Lavender Farm

Then to the Alpaca Farm.

We ran into a lot of our group at the Apple Valley Country Store

Apple Valley Country Store

loop 10

Back at the campground we had a great time watching mom/dad eagle encourage their two young ones to fly. One managed to hover at one point (Loretta, whose rig is right across from their tree, saw it).

eagle

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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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