Moving on – from Myrtle Creek, OR to Keizer, OR

4/7/17 Friday in Keizer, OR (Keizer Elks-$20)

Last night was horrendous. We experienced heavy rain and high winds, with 60 mph gusts that really rocked Miss Journey throughout the night. Thank heavens we put our big slides in before the rains started. We lost power a few times, into the morning. The prediction was for this weather to continue until 5 pm today (Friday). So during that terrible night I decided there was no way we would travel north. Having seen the predictions I’d asked at the office if we could extend our time there. Nope – full up. So during the night I figured we’d try 7 Feathers Casino RV resort, even though it’s very expensive. What’s money when it comes to your well being? By the morning things seemed to have quieted some. I checked the weather report (Weather Underground app). It had changed to say now a Wind Warning where the gusts and all would decrease by 11 am. John looked at the Salem area. It seems the wind will pick up there later in the day.

Poor John had to do his jobs in pouring rain (ah, spring on the Coast), but all went smoothly and we were off by 9:10. Our brand new windshield wipers, that Len helped us install at Soledad, were working beautifully. Everything was so green, it was just gorgeous.

green

After lots of rolling, green hills with pasturing animals (cattle, sheep and horses), we came to flat land. All this while with rain until the latter part of our trip. Also the last half was largely going straight on flat land. The terrible wind (30-35 mph) was mostly behind us, with gusts some of the time, so our fuel mileage got up to 9.9 mpg. All in all, not nearly the terrible trip we were expecting.

As we exited I-5, John didn’t quite negotiate to the appropriate left, concentrating instead on the path that his GPS was giving, we followed that way. I was freaking out, because we appeared to be going farther away from our destination all the time, but it turned out fine. We arrived in cold, pouring rain around noon.

This is one of the more special Elks’ “campgrounds”: FHU, 30/50 amp (good) power, Verizon service, TV satellite reception and even free WiFi. Very level sites, where you park the rig on gravel, your car nearby and you have a lovely asphalt pad for your patio area. All this for just $20/night. Not to mention Elks’ campgrounds are usually within cities and the Elk Lodge provides a bar, meals, and sometimes fun like dances.

After lunch I took a long nap and John relaxed.

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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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