Moving on – from Nicolaus, CA to Redding, CA

4/4/17 Tuesday in Redding, CA (Redding Elks-$25)

On my way to the bathroom, before we left, I saw something I thought was long gone: a phone booth. I took a photo with my cell phone but it was in dim morning light and came out blurry, so you don’t get to see it. Sorry.

This morning, thankfully, all our departure procedures went smoothly. We’d considered going a shorter/faster route (by 14 minutes according to our GPS) on SR-99 N versus going over the I-5N. The latter route had less intersections and no towns with their stop lights. I checked my prior blogs for times we went between Redding, CA and Nicolaus, CA. There I’d noted that we felt taking I-5 for a less interrupted trip was worth the extra 14 minutes, so that’s what we did. L> Marcum, R> Powerline, R> SR-99N, L> SR-20W, L> Fremont St, L> SR-20W (10th St), R> I-5N, R> Exit 678 (Central Redding), R> SR-273, L> SR-273 (Market St), L> Quartz Hill Rd, L> Harlan Dr, R> Elk Dr. SR 20W for the most part was a good highway, as well as I-5N. Today was cloudy and less windy, thank heavens.

We stopped at the Willows Rest Area and saw beautiful flowers growing on the thick branches of their tree. Fascinating and lovely.

tree

We arrived at 11:30, no missing turns this time. So glad we figured our path out beforehand because John’s GPS wanted to take us about 6 more miles on some roundabout way. Because it’s Elk’s, we don’t have sewer but do have water and good 50 amp power. You need to be an Elk member to use their camping facilities. They normally don’t have sewer available and sometime don’t have water. They usually have a dump site and provide a water source when there aren’t any at your site.

We went grocery shopping in order to exercise our CRV and help charge it’s battery, then stopped at a local park near the Elk’s lodge. This was a beautiful, huge park that really needs some loving care. Just the same, we walked several paved paths, one along a river and we saw a deer near a wooded area and Canadian geese next to an Olympic sized pool. There were playgrounds for the kids and a skateboard area for the teens. It felt great to exercise our bodies and enjoy this green space.

Back at home I took a 2 hour nap, waking at supper time. How was that for timing? Finally, I felt more like myself, less like a taut violin string.

We cross the Siskiyou mountains tomorrow, trying to get across before the big winter storm (winds, snow in mountain areas) hits. We checked Highway conditions and the DOT cameras and all looked clear.

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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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One Response to Moving on – from Nicolaus, CA to Redding, CA

  1. graykatz says:

    Saying a prayer for y’all to have safe passage and good weather.

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