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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.

2/24/04 - All Aboard!

Today marked an auspicious part of our journey with Adventure Caravans. True to the name, each one of us was truly on an unexpected “adventure” today.

Last evening we experienced snow as we went to dinner. When our evening activities were over and we walked back to our respective rigs, the precipitation had stopped, and the sky was fairly clear. Hopefully, some of us thought (prayed) – the snow is over.

And then came morning. Paul and I awoke about 5:30 and were probably excited about the day before us, so we got up, ate breakfast, dressed, and raised the shades. W O W!!! That was not frost on the ground! That was not frost on the front of the RV, or on the steps, or on the bikes. That was snow! Cold, wet snow. Now this unexpected sight was met by folks with varying degrees of surprise, concern, delight, fright, pleasure and the many other feelings that surge through one’s being when confronted with such a spectacle.

Undaunted at the prospect of driving a motor home in snow, we all dutifully lined up our rigs. Pretty much on schedule, one at a time, turned out of the RV Park and we were "on our way."

It is true that we rode the 36 miles to La Junta through a winter wonderland (I have other words to describe driving our new "Jerry" in slush and snow) but to the more experienced, this was an almost spiritual way to begin this part of the trip. The Copper Canyon has been a destination many have dreamed and read about and here we all are, in a position to view it from the warmth and safety of our RVs while slowly traveling down a train track, taking in all the beauty and grandeur of this awesome place.

Although we encountered one accident along the road from Cuauhtemoc to here, we moved slowly and carefully and every RV arrived in this little town safe and secure in the knowledge that our Adventure Caravan Staff have our safety and happiness as their highest priorities. They gently encouraged us "over the rivers and through the hills" to this place where each RV was carefully directed on the train flat beds. Then each RV and toad was secured to the flat bed so that the motor homes can safety ride over the mountains and valleys that lie ahead in. One cannot describe the care with which our staff directed, encouraged, checked and rechecked to make sure that we were all on safely.

To watch the men drive their big RVs onto the flat beds was both thrilling and scary! The women stood along side the flat beds and took many pictures and videos of their partners as these stalwart souls negotiated the narrow bed and crossed over the "topes" that linked one flat bed to the next. Friends and relatives "back home" will have ample proof of the valor of these men!

Getting over the "topes"

Whew! Now, don't look down, and follow the directions of the spotters.

Here's Diane - Success!

And here we are, all lined up and ready to go!

And as good as they were, one stands out significantly. And it is not a "man" – our Wagon mistress, Diane drove their 43 foot motor home onto the flat beds – herself! (Connie Sykes and Yvonne Horton did too.) You go girls! In Diane's case, she was the first RV to load, which meant that she had to drive over 6 flat beds and all the respective connections. That is a REAL woman! (And she acted as though it was nothing!) For three or four hours Larry, Bruce and Ken were outside (it’s pretty cold, too!) directing and checking. They had to be very cold by the time the final rig was secured. God bless them all! What a job!

Once we were secured, we were able to wash a few windows (this had been done back at camp, but the snow and ride from Cuauhtemoc to here resulted in filthy dirty toads and RVs.) We would like to have clean windows through which to view the spectacular sights we know are ahead of us.

Once this task was finished, some of us walked the short distance to the little town of La Junta (it is larger, I think, than Presidio.) Paul purchased a clamp he’s been looking for and I found a nice "fanny pack." We also picked up a few items in a little grocery store on our way back to the RV. Everyone we met responded pleasantly to our "Olla" and "Buenos Dios." It was a very enjoyable little trek.

This evening at 5:30 we will walk back to the little town (to Rosy’s) for a "Welcome" dinner and some entertainment. More about that tomorrow!

Paul, Kathleen & Jerry Too
La Junta, Mexico - 6,775 feet above sea level
with snow clouds all around!

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