Moving on – to Spokane, WA (HOME)

6/30/16 (Thursday) in Spokane, WA (HOME)

We had a lovely time visiting our Panhandle Gems friends at the continental breakfast. After goodbyes and hugs we were on our way by 8:30. Great roads, Hwy 14E was a smooth 2 lane, then I-84E at The Dalles bridge. Then we took Hwy 730 until it became US 395, a great 4 lane road. This was a great way to avoid the hills of I-84E beyond the Hwy 730 intersection, besides avoided the confusing roads in the Tri Cities. Great infrequent traffic!!! Thanks to Karen for this suggestion!

Columbia Gorge Views

What looked like a smooth, quiet trip had a couple fun serendipity moments. As we stopped at a turn out on Hwy 730, who happened to pass by us? Loretta/Ken (from Panhandle Gems)! We had fun exchanging texts a while after that. They wondered if we were okay because we’d left earlier, so I explained that we’d had 3 potty stops (that’s what that last stop was for) and had fueled by then. About the time they pulled into the Country Mercantile (we’d caught up to them), we got a text from our son Justin. He and his family were headed for Pacific City (TT) and were about 20 miles N of the Hatton Coulee Rest area when we were about 20 miles S of it! We’d planned to stop there for lunch. Justin replied that they were stopping there and we’d probably meet. Not only did we meet and have lunch together, we got to see a momma bird an her babies (Meadowlark). So marvelous!


Thus we spent more time at lunch than we’d planned, but boy was it worth it!!

Traffic got heavier as we neared Spokane, but we made it in fine shape by 3:30. SO glad to be home.

Not sure when I’ll post another blog. We’ll be here very busy with appointments for our bodies, the car and Miss Journey, as well as spending time with grandchildren, children on top of the yard and house catch up chores.


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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