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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.


3/26/04 - Guerrero Negro to Catavina


Another unbelievable trip today. Who could have believed that today we would travel on every type and kind of road surface, through as many areas of differing vegetation as we were able to count, or that we would meet with so many surprises around every curve that introduced us to an entire change of scenery (each one grander than the one before?) What a day!

This was truly an adventure of gigantic proportions. For one thing, I rode in the front passenger seat the entire trip! (One gold star for me.) For another thing, I really enjoyed seeing the magnificence that unfolded before us.

We left Guerrero Negro in small groups (Ken Prengel led our group, which consisted of Sam and Sandy Childs, and Herm and Dorothy Ter Horst.) It is such a help to have our leader point out the topes ahead, an 18-wheeler approaching, a van hogging the middle of the road, and suggesting a slow-down in speed or a stop along the way to enable oncoming traffic to pass safely.

After we left Benito Juarez Trailer Park, we traveled north again, ever inching our way back to the United States.



The “Eagle” monument outside our RV park.

There are not many towns between Guerrero Negro and Catavina, and the on coming traffic was fairly light. This gave us an opportunity to take in the myriad display of colors shortly after leaving Guerrero Negro. At first we saw purple and yellow close along the road. After awhile the flowers began appearing farther off the road on both sides – yellows, oranges, reds, lavender and white – such a variety!

Along the way we stopped for a “break” and happened upon a “junk place” where an airplane was being kept (taped doors, as though it had been impounded) and a Class C motorhome that had seen “better days” ---





After a few miles we began noticing an unusual type of cactus. We found out they are called “cirios” and they are found only in this part of Baja and on the mainland, in Sonora.

The cirios taper from a plump base to wispy, whip like branches. The tan bark is studded with tiny stubs of branchlets that resemble nothing familiar. We read that, “following a rain, small green leaves and delicate white flowers pop out, the plant sucks up all the water it can, then drops leaves and flowers and harbors its internal water supply until the next irrigation.”

Another cactus that grows in this area is the “cardon” – cacti that resemble the saguaro of Arizona (though these cacti have multiple trunks.) The cardon have strong internal hardwood rods that support their mass and actually are used as building material for structures. When there is no rain, the flesh shrinks inward, producing a ribbed effect. However, after a rain, they swell with water and look almost round.



Tonight’s campground is actually part of the Desert Natural Park – a jumbled mass of enormous old granite boulders. Bill Wethington took a walk up to some of them and gave a glowing account of the large almost cave-like holes the wind and elements have fashioned in many of the boulders. For miles before reaching the camp, we drove between massive piles of enormous rounded boulders, among which were scattered the cardon and cirios plants, as well as some elephant trees. What splendor!



Tonight we had a “pot-luck” with such a variety of foods; one has to wonder how so many good dishes were kept until now!

On a rather nostalgic note, this was our last night with Bruce and Yvonne Horton. Our faithful Tailgunners had a previous commitment prior to accepting their position for this caravan, and tomorrow morning, the will leave bright and early for San Diego.

Carolee Day made a lovely card for them, which we all signed. She gave a very touching presentation to them, and Connie Sykes presented them with a little envelope from all of us.

Ken Prengel added some very nice (and true) words about the staff and we all bade a fond farewell to the Hortons.

Paul and I feel especially blessed in re-uniting with Yvonne and Bruce after our first encounter in 1999. Both Yvonne and Bruce are unique people. Their love of people is obvious in the way in which they are forever reaching out to everyone they meet. They don’t seem to meet any strangers. Everyone is a friend they just haven’t met yet. We are grateful they introduced us to this memorable experience.





Safe and happy trails to these two loved friends!


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