Yellowstone, here we come

7/27/19 – Saturday

We’d reserved 2 condos through WorldMark for our family gathering at Yellowstone this year. John was on the Internet the instant we were permitted to reserve our week -13 months before our arrival date. We’d wanted a 3 bedroom but those were already reserved. We put ourselves on a waiting list for that 3 bedroom, but no one ever canceled. I’m mentioning all this so you have a clue how difficult it can be to get reservations for a famous National Park stay. The best thing about our WorldMark condos for Yellowstone is that they are in the town West Yellowstone which is right at one of the borders of this park. Our 1 bedroom started on Saturday and the 2 bedroom for Justin and his family started on Sunday. So after driving 8 hours, stopping in Missoula for lunch and fuel at Costco, then more fuel at Ennis, we arrived and got settled in time for dinner. We asked when we checked in for suggestions for a good place to eat quickly, but not actually a fast food place. She recommended “Firehole BBQ”. Because the town is so small, we easily walked to our restaurant. I absolutely loved it. It was super fast. We perused the menu as we stood in the short line, then were handed our food and paid for it. Wonderful brisket for me (½ lb) with a side of coleslaw and a pulled pork sandwich with a side of beans for John. We kept half for another day. Great prices (for the area) and great food. I highly recommend them.

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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