Moving on – to Monument, CO

9/22/16 (Thursday) in Monument, CO (Colorado Heights Resort-ROD)

We left at 9:30, to miss the commuter crush in Denver. The TV was showing a bad accident on I-25 there, at 8:30, that they figured would take ½ hour to an hour to clear. Thankfully, all WAS clear, except for a few congested spots. A camper I’d talked to earlier said that it was best to hit Denver after 9:30am, 11 would be better. He said to stay in the 2nd lane from the right. That worked well. Traffic was heavy pretty much the whole way. I-25S went from 4 lane to 6 lane to 8 lane, so we kept to the right accordingly. He also noted that you never know, you could get through in a ½ hour or 3 hours. After downtown we came upon more really tall buildings: Centennial, another town that just continues from Denver we think. Smog or fog the whole way through. The photo on the right is their Mile High Stadium.

We arrived around 11:45, got settled in and just plain relaxed with our books and TV. In the evening we treated ourselves to a movie at home, from the files our son Justin copied onto John’s hard drive.

This campground is nice in that it’s ROD (free for us), with full hookups and just off I-25, near some nice sites to explore. Of course, it’s also the right distance from our last spot. On the negative side, there’s a lot of traffic on I-25, so you hear it at night. We parked at the back of the park (farthest away from the noise) in N9, so we slept through it okay. Our site is also good for TV reception but most of the park is heavily treed. Verizon service is good and WiFi is available. Sites are pretty level, with some for larger rigs. The roads in the campground are narrow and twisty. It is on a hill. Warning: Once you’ve registered you drive up and left (one way streets) where a tree is so close it likes to clip mirrors. I was worried watching how very close our whole RV passed by, missing it by inches. Another negative that may last for some time is the heavy construction happening just on the other side of their back wall. Noise all day. It looks like they’re moving earth for a housing development. Oh, also this is after Labor day so their restrooms are closed, as well as activities. You can use the restrooms located in the Adult Lodge near the office.

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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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