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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.

3/6/04 - Day of Luxury

Today's events are being chronicled by our friend Sharon:
Greetings all! I’m Sharon Wallace, half of Caravaner #19, the other half is my husband Bill Wethington. Today is my day to write of the on-going Adventures of the Adventure Caravaners.

Saturday, March 6 - Seems the day starts for us between 6 - 6:30 am no matter how active we are the previous day. Also seems like that bar with the loud music shuts down for the night around 5am no matter what day of the week it is. No problem, we’re flexible…

We have our coffee & I have half of a breakfast roll we bought at the bakery yesterday - it’s still very good, but was better when right from the oven.

I get the laundry ready to send out - a luxury I’ve never experienced before in my life - could be addictive.

Connie (Sykes) wants a photo of the tomato truck near Guasave which I just happened to take a picture of (OK, so I have a couple thousand photos by now - thank goodness for digital cameras). I download that photo onto a disk. I get out the Mexican Field Guide to Birds - that yellow & black bird would have been a piece of cake to ID if I’d seen it in the States - unfortunately there are about 6 birds that fit the description that I’d put together from my fleeting glance from the bus…. I don’t ID it, but have fun looking. I get out my Field Guide to the Trees for Sandy - don’t think she’ll get the info she wants from it as it’s Eastern US, but since she’s looking for a Florida tree, maybe it will help.

Larry taps on our door & tells us that groups are gathering to carpool to the El Cid - the resort where we are scheduled to spend the day. The Caravan has made arrangements for breakfast, lunch, all day drinks, use of the beach, pool & other facilities for our pleasure for the day.

Bill & I decide to take the Mexican Hairdryer to the hotel which is 2 -3 miles away. This is a small golf cart looking taxi that is open-air riding. Looks kind of like a small King Midget, an auto that was manufactured in Athens, Ohio in the 50’s & 60’s.

We flag one down - negotiate the price (30 pesos or $3) and off we go. It’s chilly today & even with dry hair I freeze. We arrive at the hotel and see Larry & Diane who show us where our group is gathering.

Breakfast is buffet featuring many items I can’t identify (where’s my Field Guide to Mexican Foods?) We get our food, sit down with Bill & Nellie King and eat hearty.

By 9am I’m wondering what to do with myself - I didn’t bring a book, can’t swim, too cold to sit under the palapa - so we decide to walk around the city streets.

Leaving the hotel, the lens falls out of Bill’s sunglasses. We decide to take a taxi to Wal-Mart. Cost us 40 pesos ($4) and off we go. We saw a man with a donkey cart on the busy city street - wonder what he’d charge for a ride?

The Super Wal-Mart did not have a vision center, but we had lots of fun looking around the store. Saw a display of octopus in the seafood department that was eye-boggling.

I particularly liked going through the groceries - reading the labels, looking at the foods. Many brands were the same as in the US - even the graphics & logos the same - only everything in Spanish. We probably spent an hour browsing buying nothing.

We walked out to the street and towards town. We came across a shopping mall and decided to look for an optical shop there. After wandering around and window shopping, (where I saw a window with a display of corsets, girdles & lingerie I thought went off the market in the 60’s.)

We found an optical store. The clerk did not speak English, but I guess it’s pretty obvious in any language when you have a screw missing. Bill got his glasses fixed (40 pesos or $4) and off we went. We found another taxi and for 350 pesos ($3.50) we went back to the RV park.

Around 11:30 we met up with Bill & Nellie and took another “hair dryer” taxi back to El Cid. All the other Caravaners were there - sitting around the pool, relaxing, enjoying a cool drink.

After a while a group of women began playing Sequence, a board game. I went to another table where John Hendricks, Ruth Carothers and Jim and Sherryll Compton were playing “Hands and Feet”, a card game refereed by Melba Hendricks. I watched and tried to learn, but the scoring sure seems complicated to me.

Pictured are: Sherryll Compton, John Hendricks, Ruth Carothers, Melba Hendricks and Jim Compton

Bill had wanted to para-sail. Right here on this beach was his chance. He watched for a while - then paid his $25 and was suited up to go before I hardly knew what was happening. “Suited Up” means wearing a life jacket and a harness. And off he went! Into the wild blue yonder….. Wait a minute….. He still has his wallet in his pocket, his keys, his glasses, his jeans on - even his shoes and socks! He was up and away so fast that I hardly had time to take pictures.

Photo courtesy of Connie Sykes

After him Connie Sykes & her husband Bob both went up. Some of us weren’t so daring - but we all enjoyed the experience of those that did. (found out later that fellow Caravaner, 83 year old Byron Walkley went up earlier in the day. Way to go, Byron!)

Right after that it was time to call it a day at El Cid, go back to the RV Park and get ready for the evening activities.

At 5:45 we boarded the bus and headed for La Playa Hotel in uptown Mazatlan. This would be our “uptown” night out and all dressed for the occasion. My favorite was Yvonne Horton’s chile pepper dress with matching earrings. Bill had on his chile pepper shirt and he and Yvonne looked like date-mates.

We knew before arriving that we would have a long wait in line to get into the restaurant as this is a very popular nightspot. Not only do they serve a delicious buffet of traditional Mexican foods, but also have a Mexican Fiesta floorshow featuring Folkloric Mexican Dances, both male and female singers, comedy performers, a lariat act and traditional Carnival dancers. At times, we the audience, were invited to join in the dancing and Connie Sykes, Adventure Caravan’s star performer joined right in. The finale of the night’s entertainment was releasing hoards of balloons and the dancers bursting as many as possible - colorful and noisy!

Back on the bus at 10pm. I saw a few fellow Caravaners bring on souvenir balloons - guess they’ll have their own balloon dance later.

By 10:15 we were back at La Posta RV Park - earlier than Cinderella’s midnight curfew, but I’ll bet we all felt like a price or princess after this day of pampering and luxurious living. Even the laundry we’d dropped off in the morning was done - all washed, dried and neatly folded, just waiting to be put away.

And yes, the bar up the street had their music blasting, but I was too tired to hear it for more than a few minutes.

Here's MY prince!
Love to all,
Sharon and Bill

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