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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.

3/18/04 - A Great Day in Loreto

Our little campground here in Loreto is full to the brim! It's really quite a lovely place - all the sites well defined, the flora is green and the showers are spacious and clean. Sharon and Bill have their Lazy Daze under a palapa! It can only accommodate a small motor home, but they've also put in a very pleasant palapa in a nice shaded area where chairs and table make sitting and relaxing inviting.

The laundry area is the nicest we've seen so far on this trip. There are 3 washing machines and 2 dryers - all of which have "machine covers" that keep them clean and free of dust. The cost for one load is $1.00 (American) - same for a load for the dryer; not a bad price for such clean machines. In addition, the laundry room boasts of a nice sofa, table and chairs for our comfort while waiting for the laundry to finish. It is sort of on the "honor" system - we pay in the office, but there are no coins to deposit to make the machines operate. Several of the caravan folks used these facilities, since we may be "dry camping" for the next couple of days. Paul even put up a laundry line for me so I could hang out our freshly laundered pillow cases (sheets are too big for our little clothes line.)

At 9:00 this morning, many of us gathered for a stroll from our camp to the little town of Loreto. This is a fairly small town, with a small town atmosphere. Loreto was once the capitol of this state, and the old church and several buildings still stand (in good condition.) We visited the church and a museum close by. Loreto is the site of the first mission church in Baja (which pre-dated those in now US California)

Courtyard of mission church in Loreto

There were about 6 men who wore plain clothes, but who were obviously making sure nothing was touched or taken from the museum. Everything was displayed in an easy-to-see arrangement. Many of the explanatory signs were both in Spanish and in English, which made for a better understanding of the history of the area.

Personally, I usually leave these places with a bit of sadness - we read of how the Indians "revolted" against the Spanish invaders, but how eventually the natives were either killed, subdued or fled to other places. The conquers remained, and the poor Indians, stripped of their culture, beliefs and customs were eventually assimilated or died of a variety of reasons. Ok, I'm off the soap box for now. The museum offered information not only on the history of the settlement, but had vestments used by the early padres, clothes worn by the caballeros and machinery and tools that have been discovered from that early time. It was worth the stop.

Paul and I found another spot in town which fascinated us. Right in the heart of the little town is a pinkish/red colored building. It reminded us of many of the buildings we saw in Italy in some of the small towns we visited. We walked inside and were impressed at the beauty we saw. Inside this beautiful building in downtown Loreto

It might have been an atrium at one time, now covered, but still allowing a feeling of being in an atrium. It looked like it might be a hotel with a palapa type restaurant on the topmost floor. Had it been later in the day we would have gone up for a bite to eat or for a drink, but it was still early morning, so we contented ourselves with an ice cream cone at a local "Thrifty" store farther on down the main street. (Yes! Thrifty ice cream stores are fairly easy to find in these little towns!) !) We met June Calvert and her mom, Myrine and invited them to enjoy this sweet repast with us. As we were enjoying our ice cream cones, Bill Calvert drove by – looking to give June and Myrine a ride home. He soon joined the ice cream eaters, too.

We do not have a picture of us enjoying our ice cream, but we do have documentation of how Myrine is enjoying herself. The other day, when we were around that nice pool at La Paz, we “caught” her red-handed (well, maybe “beer-handed”) – we thought these merited posting:

and to add to the fact: (What can we say?)……..

We left the Calverts and headed off on our own again. The main street has the most unusual and charming foliage that arches over the roadway. Here's a shot of the nice shopping street in Loreto

Last October, we are told, this area was hit by a hurricane. We saw evidence of this particularly at the waterfront. After our stroll through the town, we walked on down to the beach area. Most of the town area along the waterfront has large and many boulders piled all along the water. We walked on and came to a walk out to where the sailing and fishing boats were moored. As we neared the end of the walkway we noticed a young soldier guarding the place where the boats were. Beyond him we were able to see how some of the sea wall had been washed away, probably in the hurricane. We turned around and walked over to where we could see a "beach" - the sands of which were fairly coarse. We kept our shoes on as we walked along the waterfront. We passed several restaurants that had been destroyed in the hurricane as well as a hotel or two. The town must have gone right to work following the storm, because much of the damage had been repaired or was being fixed up again.

The afternoon provided us all with time to do whatever we wanted. Larry and a few others spent some time washing down their toads and/or rigs. Relaxing was also the order of the afternoon, and small groups gathered next to motor homes or at one of the palapas. Some even found time to relax on the "play equipment" ---

We thought it was a fairly hot day, but the constant breeze made it a pleasant afternoon.

At 5:00 we had a "travel briefing" for tomorrow's trip, after which we all took to the toads and headed to the restaurant where we had delightful music performed by a very talented 3-man band and a really delicious steak and shrimp dinner. (With a little dancing on the side.....)

(By the way, we give many thanks to all the "toad owners" who are so gracious and accommodating to those of us who don't have any! - that's the Tolins, Hortons, Calverts, Childs, Days, Prengels, Rosses, and Ter Horsts. Whether it is for a ride to go shopping or to a restaurant or to a beach, they are always willing to pile us in!)

We walked on back to the RV camp and as we were entering the front gates, we noticed this Jeep parked outside our RV Park in Loreto

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