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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.

3/4/04 - Touring in Mazatlan

Our RV Park is right in the heart of Mazatlan - about a block from the Sea of Cortez. As we came into the city from the north, we passed many beautiful resorts and a number of time shares. From along the beach we could look out and view mountain islands, one of which is topped by a lighthouse. This is supposed to be the second highest natural lighthouse in the world. It takes an hour to hike to the summit (it's atop a 505 foot peak) and we are told that it provides an incredible view of the entire Mazatlán area!

We boarded a tour bus early this morning for a “bird’s eye view” of the city. We passed interesting statues, shopping areas, and fine hotels.
photo courtesy Connie Sykes)

We stopped long enough to watch the divers swan dive from a high place into a little pool of water. It made us remember our time in Acapulco when we first witnessed this death-defying sport.
Because this is such a tourist town, there are so many different modes of transportation for the tourist. Here's a statue to one such vehicle. They call it by several names - "The Hair Dryer" or "pneumonia" - the latter because since it is so open, one can catch pneumonia from a drive in it! photo courtesy Connie Sykes

We stopped again in old Mazatlan and walked to the old, restored Opera House.
This theater was built in the early 1870's and named the Rubio Theater. In 1883, the famous opera singer Angela Peralta “The Nightingale of Mexico” arrived in Mazatlan to perform. Unfortunately, the boat she arrived on carried the yellow fever, and she died before she could ever perform in the theater. The theater was soon after renamed after her, and a plaque commemorates her tragic death. In later years, the theater was turned into a movie theater, then a vaudeville stage, a boxing ring and eventually a parking garage! Finally, in 1975, a hurricane hit Mazatlán and destroyed the inside of the theater. Standing in ruin for years, the theater began a restoration in 1987, and re-opened in 1992. It was very interesting to see what disrepair it had achieved, and all that has been done (and continues to be done to restore it to its former glory.)

We enjoyed walking in this rebuilt and interesting area. Here Jim and Sherryll Compton stroll along, taking in the sights. photo courtesy Connie Sykes

In the heart of old Mazatlan we stopped to enjoy a nice lunch. Across the street from where we ate, we saw the large 19th-century cathedral and basilica. It is quite magnificent, with a carved wooden altar. photo courtesy Connie Sykes

We elected to visit the marketplace, which was right next to our restaurant. It is huge--about 2 city blocks-with individual stalls selling every imaginable product and artifact. We had no sooner stepped inside the door when a young woman grabbed Paul’s hand and dragged him over to where the sandals were sold. He really did want a pair of cheap sandals to wear into the showers at the various campgrounds, and for walking along the beach. She pulled off his shoe – and sox (our kids will have an appreciation of that act of courage – or ignorance.) She gasped a bit, but undauntedly went to work selling him a leather pair of sandals – cost $310 pesos. By the time we left (Paul with new sandals in tow, had bargained her down to $22 ($220 pesos.) I only wish I had a "movie of that experience! “Com’one, Mister – be nice,” she’d plead – “be honest” –com’mone Mister! What a kick!

By the way, Mazatlán's name comes from a Náhuatl Indian word "Mazatl" which means "Place of Deer." Mazatlán has about a half million residents and is one of Mexico's best billfish sport fishing areas. It has a very important commercial seaport. It is the home of one of the largest tuna and shrimp fishing fleets in the world. It is a Mecca for tourists, but we have never seen one deer in Mazatlan nor in any part of Mexico so far!

We enjoyed our quick "taste" of this City by the Bay, and hope to be able to do some walking along the beach in the next few days (time permitting!)

Our dinner tonight was a "cook it in the rig" or "join a bunch and try out a local spot." Needless to say, we elected to sample the local fare. Happily, we joined in with a rowdy group who were able to walk across the road and up a half block to a little Mexican "palapa" bar. So far as I can understand, a "palapa bar" is an establishment that serves food and drink, is located more or less on or near the waterfront. It has no permanent sides, and naturally is not air conditioned because it is built under a palapa. And what is a palapa? Basically it is a roof made of or covered by a layer of discarded palm fronds. We have come to appreciate sitting under a palapa - it does seem to make us feel like we have truly gone tropical! Besides, the owner/manager was so hospitable and interested in pleasing us, that we will probably re-visit his spot again!

--- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- However, we feel we must make a sad addition to today’s report. The following actually took place the following morning:

It seems that things have turned nasty in camp.

When we arrived here the other day, there were so many rigs and so little space, that some of our members had to park in a less than desirable area. This morning, a group left the park, thus allowing all our caravan members to “camp” together.

Several rigs had pulled out from behind our rig this morning, so when members from our group pulled into the recently vacated area, we were delighted.

Paul, still in his little p.j.s, and in his childlike innocence, ran out to greet them to the neighborhood.

June (once called "June the loving and thoughtful") ran into her rig and dashed out again, to hang around Paul’s bare neck, the dreaded sign of shame – the small replica of an RV that tells everyone that the wearer did not have his name tag on.

It was a bitter pill for Paul to swallow, so early in the morning, and in the performance of an act of welcome - but with any luck, he’ll find some other unsuspecting fellow member who can be found without their moniker! And so goes life in the Caravan!

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