Camping at Pine Valley Reservoir with “Old Blue” my 1988 Toyota truck and Six Pac camper.

Nellie and I took “Old Blue” up to beautiful Pine Valley last night for a little R and R and R (That’s Rest, Relaxation, and Research). One of my art collectors wanted me to do a commission painting of their Pine Valley log cabin, so we took a drive up to take some photos and stayed the night at Pine Valley Reservoir. It was cool, green and wonderful. We got the last remaining campsite at the Dean Gardner Loop, which is in a stand of large pine trees adjacent to the Reservoir. The smell of mountain pines swaying in the breeze can’t be beat! Before nightfall I managed a few sketches of the trees in my travel sketchbook.

Sketchbook pencil study of an evergreen tree by our campsite in Dean Gardner loop at Pine Valley

Sketchbook Pencil study of a stand of Oaks near our campsite at Pine Valley

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