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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.

3/19/04 - Loreto to Bahia Conception

It took awhile before Bruce Horton was able to move every rig out of the little RV campground, but we eventually all made it safely out of the nice little resort - fueled up (we were really low - $75 American worth of gasoline) - and grouped just north of the city to start travel.

We are trying to move in groups of about 3 RVs because the campground to which we are headed has a very narrow entrance and not much room for maneuvering.

We are traveling behind Ken and Drena Pringle. Ken is particularly good at giving directions, suggestions, pointing out highlights, dangers, etc. We feel very safe in following him. Also in this smaller convey are Nellie and Bill King. Bill keeps us all in a great mood with his off the cuff banter!

Larry suggested we all travel in smaller groups because yesterday an 18-wheeler approached Larry as the convey headed for Loreto, and had there not been ample space between Larry and Diane's rig and the rig following (I think it was Gene and Connie Ross) - there well might have been a head-on accident. So we were asked to travel in smaller groups, with more distance between each rig.

We had another military check point through which we passed. This time the soldiers entered the rig, checked under our sofas, opened the overheads, (found nothing) and left. They were very courteous and pleasant - just doing their jobs!

Eventually the road took us right next to the Bahia Conception (something like a long bay within the Sea of Cortez) where the surface was like a glass mirror - it looked very peaceful and tranquil.

I still do not like these narrow roads that go up and down and all around. Some of the roads have serious pot holes, no shoulders and in one section we had no "middle line" marked. That was fun! I guess they had recently resurfaced, and had not painted the line down the middle. We stopped along the way and watched a couple in a little motor boat who were fishing.

Our route today was only 60 miles, and much of it was along this beautiful body of water. Fortunately, there were not too many large trucks going in the opposite direction, and the traffic going in our direction was minimal. Other than our convey, the roads were fairly quiet.

Playa Buenaventura RV Park is situated right on the water.

Photo courtesy of Connie Sykes

Diane was somewhat surprised and dismayed to see what havoc the hurricane had wrought. Evidently there were two hurricanes last season. We think one struck in August or September. Then the area was visited in October by a second hurricane. We understand that one hurricane blew over the mountains from the Pacific, while the other stormed up the Sea of Cortez. The damage was evident. At one time, palapas lined the beach; many were gone. However, there is a little restaurant here that is still in operation despite the damage done too much of this area and to the coastline. . Many of us enjoyed a good meal there this evening. Afterwards we all enjoyed sitting outdoors, enjoying the sunset. A few enjoyed a glass of wine….

Photo courtesy of Connie Sykes

While devoid of the nice, soft sand that once lined the beach, the hurricanes pushed that sand up onto the shore, so that the "parking lot" is now pretty much a sandy beach (somewhat challenging for parking large rigs.)

None of us in the caravan had seen Playa Buenaventua when it was enjoying a more attractive beach front with more accommodations, so we were happy to be there. (Thank God we have RVs for all our needs!. The banos and the "shower" were in a class by themselves!)

Unfortunately, the owner of this campground had "over booked" and we must move on tomorrow. Several caravaners (Norma and Bill Emerick and Ruth Carothers and Byron Walkley) have elected to stop at a beach between here and Mulege and spend another night or so there - (very few "campgrounds" along the beach can handle so many rigs, so the rest of us will drive up to Mulege where we'll spend the next four days. Larry tells us that the campground to which we are headed has a nice pool and has full hook-ups. In addition, as a special treat - because of the over-booking (not Larry's fault) we are all going to be treated to a Pig Roast in Mulege!!! Talk about taking care of everyone's needs! We continue to be so impressed with the caliber of these leaders. In my opinion, they don't "owe" this to us - it's part of the "flexibility" to which we are called in such an adventure!

Finally, to all those friends and relatives of all us Adventure Caraveners, as we mentioned earlier, our postings will be sporadic and not have pictures. It appears a power surge might have "fried" our master modem, and there's a strong possibility we will be "out of commission" for the duration of the trip. However, whenever we are within reach of an Internet Cafe, we will post the daily journals.

Every Caravener is doing well, having a wonderful time, wishing each of you might share this with us, and send greetings, hugs, love and "see you soon!"

Diane and Larry, Bruce and Yvonne, and Ken and Drena are doing a fabulous job of leading, caring for and attending to all our needs and wishes.

John and Charity Avera are keeping us all laughing with their wonderful Alabama wit and humor.

Bill and June Calvert are giving Myrine McKinney all the attention and love they can bestow (when other Caraveners aren't trying to steal her away with them!)

Sam and Sandy Childs are fine, and Sandy is "holding up" well, missing her girls and grandbabies…...

Jim and Sherryll Compton are really enjoying all the sights and experiences of this trip (I think Jim went swimming yesterday!)

Dan and Carolee Day are always ready to give folks who do not have a toad, a lift. One does not even have to ask; they so often come up and ask if we want a ride someplace!

Pat and Ann Goddard had fun at the beautiful pool here yesterday. Ann went right into the pool (which was quite cool), but we didn't see Pat "take the plunge"! Pat has kept us all furnished with his GREAT photos! I'm sure their family and friends won't be surprised to know that Pat has made ALL his pictures available to everyone who wants to use or have them!

John and Melba Hinrichs are also so generous in taking folks to the store and picking up things at the store. Every time we see notices about deep sea fishing, we think about John who would absolutely love to catch a blue marlin. We are hoping he catches something worthy of all his efforts and expectations.

Gene and Connie Ross have been relaxing here, too - and seem no worse for wear with the "broken" rear window. Connie has impressed us all with her love of the sea, and snorkeling.

Not to be outdone on picture taking, Connie and Bob Sykes keep us all supplied with blank CDs and lots of great pictures, which they too, share without reservation.

Dorothy and Herm Ter Horst are enjoying this area, too. Herm especially seems to enjoy going into the water - coming from Michigan, the water down here is probably warm to him!

Sharon Wallace and Bill Wethington seem to especially appreciate the opportunity to go off and search out local birds. There's lots of opportunity here for seeing a variety of birds, and many of the Caraveners are "birders" and they are always ready to share their birding knowledge with those of us who didn't know a heron from an egret.

As for us, we miss the opportunity to communicate via our Data Storm, but realize there's more to life than a Data Storm, so we are enjoying this opportunity to swim, hike and sight-see.

Finally, there are vendors who visit the camp nearly every day - we've had fresh shrimp, scallops, eggs, bread, fresh cinnamon rolls and the variety of sellers of blankets, shirts, shorts, rugs and "silver" - to name a few! So we don't necessarily "need" a market close by!

Paul, Kathleen and Jerry Too

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Ironically, you'll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you. You'll no longer build your emotional life on other people's weaknesses. In addition, you'll find it easier and more desirable to change because there is something--some core deep within--that is essentially changeless.
- from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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