Life on the Road with Paul & Kathleen: "Not bad for two dumb kids from Ohio" - Proving once again that it's never too late to have a happy childhood
Our Lazy Daze at Kirk Creek Camp on CA Hwy 1 40 mi N of Hearst's Castle 11/24/03: Shortly after full-timing began. Foretravel at 3 T's RV Products in Lake Havasu City, AZ 5/11/06
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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.

3/13 - Day 24
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Greetings! I’m Sharon Wallace, half of Caravaner #19 - The other half is my husband, Bill Wethington. I’ve written a couple times before, but asked to write today because it is a particularly special day.

Today is Megan Davies’ 17th birthday. She’s our lovely red-haired granddaughter that lives in Marlboro, NY. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEGAN! Lots of Love, Grandma Sharon & Grandpa Bill

Now…. On to today’s happenings….

Bill gets up promptly at 6am. I didn’t sleep well - woke up at 11:30 - couldn’t go back to sleep so read “The Life of Pi”, a book Kathleen (#15) loaned me, until 3:30.…

Around 8:00 I walk down to the palapa to take out the trash. The Staff (our Caravan, not the RV park) is busy preparing the pancake and sausage breakfast that they will serve at 8:30.

The patio on the office roof is inviting. There I find Bill (Wethington) and Norma Emrick birding. While I am there I see my first real good look at a Scott’s Oriole - just a few feet from it is perched a Hooded Oriole. It’s a great view seeing them both so close that I can make comparisons. We also see Cactus Wrens - with their harsh call and large size they hardly seem in the same family as our tiny, melodious Carolina Wren found in Ohio. Bill & Norma have already spotted Cardinals, Scrub Jays, Gila Woodpeckers and various doves before my arrival. We are treated to a brief sighting of a bird none of us recognize. Guess it will be the mystery bird of the day.

We all congregate at the palapa at 8:30 - well, all but the Five Fisherman (ok, 3 fishermen, 2 fisherwomen) who have chartered a boat and are marlin fishing today. I hope to have their story later….

The Staff have a sumptuous breakfast of pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. I think we all feel fortunate in having these folks look after us - for our safety and well being. But they also find ways for us to “fill in the gaps” the times that entertainment isn’t part of the package. This breakfast is one of those times and they provided for all of us a fun way to start our “free day”. I think I speak for all in saying that we appreciate all they do in going beyond being “the staff”. In fact, as I write, Ken stopped by and said they were going in search of a grocery and did we need anything. Yes, we are a fortunate group.

Bill and I spend the morning and early afternoon hanging out around the RV park. Many of our fellow travelers are going shopping, sightseeing, or checking out the beaches. Paul & Kathleen go with another couple to find the beaches. They leave the key to their rig with us and invite us to use their internet computers while they are gone.

They are fellow Adventure Caravan customers like us, but are gracious enough to open their home to all of us to use this service. Their Lazy Daze rig looks like Grand Central Station at times with so many people going in and out - keeping contact with friends and family. And, of course, they are the parents of this web-site. Believe me, we all appreciate their hospitality and generosity.

Around 1pm Bill & I walk the quarter mile or so to the fancy hotel down the road. We’ve heard of the circular stairway to the beach and the cove-like beach at the edge of the Sea. The landscaping is beautiful - but even more to us, the birds in those coconut palms, bougainvillea, hibiscus and other tropical plants are a real delight. So much color, so much bird song! We stay awhile then head on to the beach. It too is beautiful and we watch the waves roll the sand and hit the rocks. We marvel at the color of the water. It is Spring break for colleges - we met some students from Texas - and Bill marvels at the scenery…..

We tear ourselves away from the beach and head back for the hotel courtyard - watch the birds a while longer then head back up the road to our rig.

Later, back home, I look out at the Sea and in the distance I can see (through my binoculars) whales blowing and diving. What a thrill!

At 5pm we all meet at the palapa. Larry gives us a travel briefing for our trip to La Paz this coming Monday. Among other things he tells us that on their reconnaissance trip they came across an open manhole right in the middle of the road. Hopes that’s not a bad omen of things to come…

After the travel briefing Carolee reads to us the Rvers Ten Commandments….. Funny, but at the same time appropriate.

Then we all line up on the steps of the restaurant to have a group picture taken. We are a good group and have had lots of good times together so it’s nice to have this picture as a reminder.

Our evening dinner is at the restaurant adjoining the RV park. The food, (lobster or fish) is quite good. It is Connie and Bob Sycks 35th Wedding Anniversary and arrangements have been made for the waiters to bring out sparklers and the special birthday card that Bruce Horton made to celebrate the day. (later they get the same shivaree treatment bestowed upon them by the other Rvers that “anniversary couples” get.)

photo courtesy Carolee Day

By the way, the fisherman had rough water and little luck. Melba Hendricks reported that they caught one fish and a lot of squid, which the boat captain kept. We all wished that they’d had a better day.

But all in all, I think we’d all agree…… Life is Good!

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5/19 - AS YOU LIVE your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
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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