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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.

3/8/04 - Crossing the Sea of Cortez

Today we are happy to introduce a great couple from Arkansas. Bob and Connie Sykes. Connie has machine embroidered many of our names on our Adventure Caravan jackets, and has been our chief photographer so far on this journey. Connie gives a little introduction to the couple, and the journaling is done by Bob. Since he is a former Navy person, we are so pleased that he chose to share his thoughts regarding the crossing of the Sea of Cortez!

We're Bob & Connie Sykes from Russellville, Arkansas. We enjoy traveling and new adventures and this trip sure has given us plenty of both. Along with our traveling, we enjoy our 3 children and their families, square dancing and machine embroidery. Bob is retired from the Submarine Service. That's a submarine not a whale on the back of our Dutch Star.

Our caravan awoke this Monday morning with the terrible realization that we MUST LEAVE Mazatlan today. Oh what a good time we've had, the people were very friendly, the city was a pleasant place to be, the sheer pleasure of dining at the beach, and the sunny weather all made it a wonderful visit. Mazatlan has sure changed since I was here last in August of 1956. At the time, I was on a submarine heading to Hawaii from San Francisco and we stopped here for a week's visit. The town had just one high-rise hotel (still here) and a lot of pretty girls. I remember dating one, she had blond hair and blue eyes and it was the only time in my life that I was chaperoned. Her aunt walked 20 paces behind us every where we went. All the crew members of that sub had a good time and I'll leave it at that.

This completes the second leg of our adventure. The first leg was the State of Chihuahua and the piggyback train-ride through the Copper Canyon to Los Mochis. The second leg was the West Coast beaches, from Los Mochis through our visit to Mazatlan. Our third leg will be the trip up the Baja California to San Diego. To get to our third leg we must cross the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) to La Paz. We do this by taking our motor homes aboard a freighter/ferry. There being 18 rigs in all, we divided into four groups and left the La Posta RV Park at 10-minute intervals snaking through town and along the beach headed for the loading dock. In this way we don?t cause traffic jams, tie-ups and hard feelings among the locals. Arriving at the terminal, we all had to be weighted and the police with dogs inspected our rigs.

What a ship they loaded us onto. It's 450 feet long or so, 50 feet wide, single screw with thrusters, 2 decks for autos, 1 deck for passengers and crew with their sleeping quarters, a small dining hall and a bar. The first deck is just for tractor-trailers and cars and the top is for motor homes, fifth wheels and other large campers. Those pulling a car had to unhitch before loading but got to park their cars with the motor homes.

We all drove our vehicles onto the ship under the direction of the loading crew. Connie drove our motor home onto the ferry. She had to maneuver it onto an elevator that took her and the motor home to the second deck.

Then after driving off the elevator, she had to pull over to the right then back it up about a 100 feet. The Wagon Master's wife, Diane, also drove their rig on. The crew were very efficient, had us loaded in less than two hours. After we were loaded, we had time to kill while the crew finished loading other large vehicles, which took the rest of the afternoon. Many of us went to a restaurant on the waterfront and had a delicious meal. After returning to the ferry, we all watch the crew load the many tractor-trailers and some cars, while we had hors d'oeurves and drinks on the after deck, complements of our Wagon Master and Adventure Caravans. Dinner in the dinning hall followed soon after. All we seem to do is eat.

At 10 minutes after 5, the crew took in all lines. The bow thruster slowly pushed us away from the pier on the starboard side. The single screw started turning and we slowly moved forward. As we entered the channel, the ship turned hard to starboard and headed for the opening in the breakwater. We picked up a little speed and a small pilot boat came along side. The harbor pilot climbed down the ladder and jumped aboard the pilot boat. He gave a hardy wave as the boat pulled away from our ferry. Then the Captain added more speed as we sailed through the opening in the breakwater and out into the Pacific Ocean. We made a slight right turn to a west by northwest heading into the sunset for La Paz.

It's an over night trip of about 15 hours. And it will be sound sleeping in our motor homes as they slowly rock side to side in a calm and following sea.

Bob Sykes, USN (SS)(Ret)

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