Visit With My Sister and Her Husband in Santa Fe

10/3/16 (Monday) in Pena Blanca, NM (Tetilla Peak Recreation Area-COE)

Remember our exciting time trying to find our camp site yesterday? Well, we had some similar excitement today. Long story short, there were 2 addresses: 30 Buffalo Thunder Road that John put into his GPS and 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail (my sister wasn’t sure if it was Road or Trail) that I’d put into my Waze (phone app). We could tell that John’s address was in Santa Fe while mine went another 11 miles. He was pretty sure that was right so we kept going, trying to text my sister where we were and to verify that we were heading to the right place. She saw the text about how far away we were but not our verification questions. Luckily, that was the right address, at Buffalo Thunder Road exit, yet the address stamped into a rock at that Casino (and Hilton) said 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail. Sheesh.

hotel

We all decided that we were pooped from our previous days’ activities, so we happily found a comfortable, semi private place to visit at the hotel. Then it was lunch time. The concierge suggested Gabriel’s Mexican Restaurant nearby. John preferred Arby’s and found one close by from searching google. After a few efforts, it just didn’t appear, but Gabriel’s did, so we turned in there. John had his phone out, setting it down between his legs. Unfortunately, as he got out of the car, forgetting that phone, it dropped and broke, big time. Oops.

Our meals were great, a lovely break in our day. Later in the afternoon we played “13”, a fun addition to our visit. All good things must come to an end. We wanted to get home before the sun set, so we said our goodbyes. As it happened the sun actually set at 6:43 and we got home at 6:50. Yay, in time for “Dancing With The Stars.”

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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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