9/6/16 (Tuesday) in Haugan, MT (50,000 Silver Dollar Casino)

We’ve just enjoyed a great time at home, getting ourselves and possessions tuned up, as well as spent time with family and friends. Normal life experiences, compressed. I really enjoyed this time off writing the blog and even did some watercolor painting.

We attended a couple Elser reunions and I went to my high school and grade school reunions. We camped at Leavenworth for about a week and a couple times with our Panhandle Gem (FMCA) camping group. John installed our new solar panel, then we had Tru-Line RV run the wires inside Miss Journey. Our CB antenna on the roof had been knocked down, so they took it off and sealed that spot. They lowered the compartment doors that are rubbing against the slide, but the doors still rub. Oh well, they tried.

Some photos from our summer at home: Dorothy is 92  now, surrounded by her children.  Joe is at the top right, sharing Pokeman ideas with his cousins at the Elser Reunion.  Below that is Justin with their new dog, Maggie.


Sharon and Llama sharing kisses at Panhandle Gems Rally in ID


Gabe and Lily, our grandchildren.

We’re beginning our sojourn south with plans to visit several National Parks; Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, Carlsbad Caverns, and Guadalupe. If all goes well we should be in Mesa, AZ by the end of October, where we’ll stay for a couple months. Today’s trip was all on I-90E, so easy except that we did cross the Rocky Mountains. Mostly saw trees and rain. Naturally we had to drive in rain the first time out since we’d washed and waxed our rig and car!  If you hover over image, caption should appear.

Speaking of the Silver Dollar Bar, it’s free RV Parking, several sites with 30 amp power.  They also have water at one spot if you need to take some one.  They have a great “home food” cafe here as well.   Below are photos from the Bar.


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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3 Responses to ON THE ROAD AGAIN – to Haugan, MT

  1. Kim & Kim says:

    Good to see you back on the road! Hope see you guys again one day. I am now full retired and we are house sitting in Sonoma. We leave for Texas in 10 days !!!

    • Patricia Elser says:

      Have a great time!!! So glad you’re fully retired now. We plan to be in Texas (Guadalupe Nat’l Park) by 10/19/16.

  2. I’m so glad you’re blogging again. Its so good to hear from you. Have a great time and I hope we see you on the road. 🙂

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