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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.

3/7/04 – The View of Caraving from the Tail Gunner’s Perspective

In 1999, Bruce, Yvonne and Kathleen participated in the Young At Heart Cross-Country bicycle adventure. What a pleasure to join Yvonne and Bruce Horton again in another wonderful adventure. Today Bruce is taking over the editorship.

Bruce and Yvonne have participated in many caravans, as Bounder members and in other tours. Several years ago they became Staff members for Adventure Caravans. When we heard that they were associated with this organization, we knew we had found the right tour company for us!

Since this is a free day and everyone is doing their own thing exploring Mazatlan, relaxing, shopping or whatever, I thought I would write about the role of the Adventure Caravans Staff. I’ll provide some insight into how we on the staff of a caravan perform our duties as we endeavor to fulfill our responsibility to make each caravan experience as enjoyable as possible for our customers.

All of our caravans have a Wagonmaster Team and a Tailgunner Team. They are independent Contractors and not employees of Adventure Caravans. Each team is normally made up of a husband and wife, or significant other.

The Wagonmaster is the leader of the caravan. His or her responsibility is to make sure that all aspects of the caravan adventure are conducted in a way that each customer receives the benefits that caused them to decide to take the tour in the first place. The Wagonmaster is the facilitator of the specific tour that is described in the Catalog published by Adventure Caravans. This requires a lot of organization and co-ordination. Reservations with RV Parks, restaurants, tour operators and other vendors must be confirmed and paid for. The details of each event must be developed, validated and executed. The Wagonmaster must be flexible and able to adjust to unexpected events to keep the caravan operating at the level of customer expectation.

The Tailgunner is second in command and has specific responsibilities regarding the safety and well being of the caravan group.

This starts with a thorough vehicle inspection at the rendezvous point prior to the beginning of the trip. We want to make sure that each vehicle is ready for the challenges of traveling in what is usually unfamiliar territory with the possibility of unusual conditions. With the background of the pre-trip inspection, the Tailgunner is prepared to respond to all sorts of emergency needs that may arise during the trip. Most of these needs are fortunately minor and can be quickly addressed, but occasionally a more serious breakdown may occur. When this happens, the Tailgunner assists the affected part in arranging for towing, repairs, overnight accommodations or whatever else is necessary for their safety, well being and resolution of their problem.

Adventure Caravans has a policy that all persons leading a trip as Wagonmaster must have prior experience on that trip. As a result many of us function as Tailgunners to initially learn a trip, and then return to be Wagonmasters on subsequent trips. For example, while Yvonne and I have had experience as Wagonmasters or Tailgunners on many portions of this trip, we have never had the experience of the piggyback train and the crossing of the Sea of Cortez. Therefore, we are doing this trip as Tailgunners so that we will have the first hand knowledge necessary to be able to lead a similar trip in the future as Wagonmasters.

Another way Adventure Caravans develops staff persons is through a training program which all existing staff is expected to attend at least once every three years. In addition, persons interested in becoming staff may also attend one of these sessions and then go out with experienced staff as a Trainee in order to learn the staff roles they would like to fill. We have such a couple on this trip – Ken and Drena Prengel.

They are working with both the Wagonmaster and Tailgunner teams to learn all of the ins and outs of leading a caravan, besides having the experience of participating in a caravan just as our customers do.

On a personal note, we are frequently asked why we do this job. The compensation we receive does not provide sufficient motivation for that to be the reason. There is a lot of work and stress involved in trying to make everything work smoothly. You have to be “on” 24 hours a day for the duration of the tour regardless of how you may feel. You forego your personal interests in favor of the group needs.

The only answer we can give to this question is two-sided. First, we love to travel. We like to see and experience new things and places, but we also like to go back to places that we have visited before to continue to expand our knowledge and understanding beyond that we got the first time.

Secondly, we like to meet new people. We like to share our knowledge of the places we have visited with our customers so they in turn can share their own experience with others. In addition, we like to renew acquaintances with old friends. On this trip this includes Kathleen Smith, who participated with Yvonne and me in a 56 day cross-country bicycle trip in 1999, and her husband, Paul; and Sam and Sandy Childs, who were with us on the Lewis & Clark Trail Caravan in 2003. Many of the people who have experienced one adventure with Adventure Caravans tend to go on others once they have realized the benefits of guided caravan travel.

We feel that doing the job as staff for Adventure Caravans satisfies those two things we like so well, and we expect to continue to do this as long as we feel that those two objectives are being met.

Editor's Note: Here they are: The best in the west!! Our team:

Ken & Drena, Bruce & Yvonne and Diane & Larry
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