Moving on – from Acton, CA to Coalinga, CA

4/2/17 Sunday in Coalinga, CA (Sommerville RV (GS, EA) $39 cash per night)

On our way from Soledad Canyon at 8:12. This trip was over 200 miles, so a long one in our book. Preferring to avoid the “Grapevine”, a steep, curvy mountain road (I-5) north of LA, we chose a route that took us through Tehachapi: R> Crown Valley Rd, R> Soledad Cyn Rd, L> SR-14/SR-138 (continue straight on SR-14 at exit 49), L> R-58W (Bakersfield), L> SR-223, R> I-5N, R> Jayne Ave (Exit 325), L> W Jayne Ave, L> S Glen Ave. SR-223 was a 2 lane country road with no shoulder. The good points: the pavement was fine and the views were pastoral. Once you go downhill through the mountain (about 4 miles), it’s just plain level and straight until you reach I-5. Lovely farmlands; grapes, fruit trees, onions and hay. Best of all, that’s how we avoided Bakersfield.


sr 223

Sommerville RV is a private park, right off I-5, with FHU (50 amp, great power) and free WiFi. Good Verizon Cell phone reception and satellite TV. Small but lovely sites. Right next door are truck fuel stations (Jayne Travel Center & Valero next to each other), which is pretty handy. We got fuel before we drove into the RV park a bit after noon. We didn’t have to unhook the car, with wonderful level pull through sites as well! Such a treat: grass, picnic table and our own almond tree! Plus all the birdsong is just heavenly. It sure feels like Spring.


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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