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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon

Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.

In Mennonite Land! Chauhtemoc, Mexico

Our scheduled departure this morning was for 9:30. However, as part of our learning experience in "flexibility" we found out last evening that a mountain bicycle race was scheduled to begin at our campground this morning not far from the time of our planned departure! In order not to interfere with the race, and to make sure our various motor homes would not be "blocked in" by cyclists, cars and people, we departed this morning at 8:30. Some of the cyclists had arrived, and were busy checking in and doing a few preliminary runs. It was fun to see these young folks in their beautiful colored jerseys preparing to scale the hills around the camp.

Our travel today was only 65.7 miles. Our roads took us from Chihuahua on a southwesterly direction. We passed many a pleasant pastoral scene, but we also saw mountains and hills. The road wound around and through what we’d call "foot hills" and by the time we neared Chauhtemoc, we found ourselves on a large, level plain dotted with many apple orchards. This part of Mexico grows 80% of the apples produced in Mexico. We learned yesterday that there are four main varities grown here. I remember two of the varieties - red delicious and golden delicious, the names of the other varieties eludes me.

A very unusual but interesting feature of the apple orchards we passed was a series of nets which were wound around long "poles." Some of the poles formed a "v" shape over the trees, and other poles stood perpendicular to the ground. It looks as though these poles are unrolled as the fruit begins to form, to cover the tops of the trees with the netting – possibly to keep the birds away from eating the entire crop! Well, that's what many of us thought. We found out that the nets protect the fruit from HAIL! Apparently this area experiences enough hail storms in the summer that these nets have been devised to protect the fruit!

As we neared Chauhtemoc, we were surprised to find such a large community after so many miles of relatively open land. This looks like a prosperous community – in fact, to look at some of the houses we passed, we could be in Kansas! The main house on this RV Park has a two-car garage, and looks nothing like the adobe homes which we saw yesterday and earlier today. We saw many varieties of architecture yesterday on our tour of the City of Chihuahua, but none we saw had the "modern American" look of this house.

Because the Mennonites are famous (similar to the Amish) for their fine cooking, several of us high-tailed it over to the little "store" here at the camp, to see what baked goods and cheeses they had. A very nice German (and English)-speaking young man told us that the bread would be ready at 4:00 pm and invited us back. We spent a few moments looking around the attractive little store that had displays of hand made and machine decorated pillow shams, hand made and machine made quilts, and other dry goods, large containers of vanilla and a few delicious smelling baked goods. This is the second time we have seen such large containers of vanilla. We’ll have to find out why folks purchase so much vanilla at a time. (We’ve seen nothing smaller than a quart bottle of vanilla – and as much as a gallon of it!)

Before signing off for today, mention must be made of the stupendous meal and entertainment we enjoyed last evening.

Our delightful tour guide, Rodrigo and his driver were back at the campground at 5:30 to take us to a lovely restaurant in downtown Chihuahua (La Cascada).

Here's a few caravaners enjoying the meal.
Counter clockwise Charity and John Avera, Bill & June Calvert, June's darling 86 year-young mom, Myrine McKinney, Sherryll & Jim Compton at the nearest table.
At the farther table, and in counter-clockwise order are:
Bill & Norma Emerick, Bob & Connie Sykes, Diane & Larry Tolin (our fearless Wagon Mistress & Master) & Carolee & Dan Day.
Looking "all by himself" is Bill Wethington the better half of Sharon Wallace).

The meal was fabulous. Everyone had the option of enjoying a margarita (or soda if they choose.) A marvelous tapa soup was both piping hot and delicious. This was followed by a very attractive presentation of steak, refried beans in a little tostada-like tartlet, rice and a generous serving of guacamole.

We had the pleasure to share a table with others in our caravan. It is a real treat to get to visit with one another, and to get to know each caravan member.

For dessert, we were all served the traditional Mexican dessert of flan. It was delicious! Coffee and tea were also offered to anyone who wished.

Just as we were finishing our wonderful meal, Rodrigo presented a group of dancers who are interested and working to preserve the traditional dances of the people of the country. We admired the colorful costumes and how we laughed at the “iguana” dancers who slithered along the floor at one point. We held our breath as two of the men danced while flaying large machetes in all directions – under their legs, behind their backs, throwing them up in the air, only to catch them as though were sticks. The young ladies were lovely and the gentlemen were handsome. Add to this the beauty of the dances and the good companionship, and you can guess what a happy evening we enjoyed!
Here are some pictures of the dancers:

That's Byron Walkley enjoying a front row seat!

And finally the dancer representing the State of Vera Cruz:

Weather-wise, we had the blowing winds late yesterday afternoon, warm but gentle breezes this morning, with a sunny sky most of the day. Right now the weather has turned quite chilly and we are being blessed with a little rain – with such warm companionship, how can we be cold?

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