Moving on – from Seaside, OR to Chehalis, WA

4/28/17 Friday in Chehalis, WA (Chehalis-TT)

First, a recap of our 3 weeks (almost) in Seaside: I got a new phone (no sales tax in Oregon), the Samsung J3. It was close to the same size as my old Galaxy SIII and only cost $168! So there was quite a lot of time and effort on my part to get it working to my satisfaction. I do really like it. We bought it at Costco, so I got a new Otterbox protective cover and a nice screen cover for $19.99. Verizon would have cloned my old phone info into my new phone, but I was just as happy that I did it all myself, because I could weed out extraneous items.

Meanwhile it rained constantly. We got a break on Easter and the following Friday with sunny days, but all that rain really restricts exploring nature. We’d already seen the tourist attractions. John managed to go golfing twice (the first time was a misery because the course was so wet. Other than that we did a lot of reading and watching TV, as well as visiting/walking with our RV friends in the park. I finished “Beneath A Scarlet Sky” by Mark Sullivan was fabulous. It reminds me of “Unbroken” – a true story of Pino Lella, an Italian who rescued many Jews, taking them over the mountains in snow to Switzerland as well as later working as a spy for the Resistance while he was a driver for the most powerful Nazi in Italy, who only took orders from Hitler. It was breathtaking what he endured, how he survived. Truly worth reading. Now I’m in the midst of “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow- the book that inspired “Hamilton” the play on Broadway. Wow. That man was a genius and it appears responsible for much of the amazing government, as well as financial, basis that this country was founded on. Just incredible. Also well worth reading. Take note, it’s not light reading, but my I’ve learned SO much. He was such a visionary….we are most fortunate.

From April 19th until April 23rd we enjoyed the Lewis and Clark rally here. Great food and fun times. Most of the rally activities revolved around meals (potluck, host provided, at a restaurant), visiting, and playing “Fast Track” at night. Wonderful time – so nice to experience while living in constant rain.

We were grateful that the weatherman predicted little rain for our travel day. We drove the RV and car separately to the Fred Meyer in Warranton to fuel the RV because it looked like a tight fit. This way, after fueling, we could meet away from the congestion and hook up. Thus we left the campground by 8:30 and left Fred Meyer just after 9. We took US 101N to SR 30E to Longview where we got onto I-5N until the turn off for the Chehalis TT campground, arriving before 11:30. It was a little exciting with Mario Andretti dashing through those tight curves in the beginning miles of SR 30, but I survived to tell this tale!

Images from our trip:

Trip 1 (2)

The gorgeous greens of Oregon – land of timber/lumber.

Trip 2 (2)

A view of the Lewis and Clark bridge into Washington, where we saw stacks of lumber on the Washington beach for the building industry.

Trip 3 (2)

A green view of Western Washington.

Chehalis campground, in short: The very first TT park. Beautiful heavy old growth woods. Lots of trails (once for motorcycles). Lots of bunnies here too. Long walks from campsites to lodge, most are power/water. Problems with electricity (old aluminum wiring underground, not protected). Good sections for motor homes: G & H

We’re staying only one night, so it’s just a time to regroup for tomorrow’s very long trip of 252 miles to Crescent Bar.

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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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