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. Turkey Buzzard at our campsite in Big Bend NP 5/24/06
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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.

3/22/04 - Mulege
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We are lucky again to welcome to the editor’s desk, our wonderful fellow caravaners, Pat and Ann Goddard. Pat’s been “under the weather” and we all appreciate his and Ann’s many contributions to the happiness and enjoyment of this group!

Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Mulege (moo-leh-HEH, which means “large creek”) “is an oasis in the middle of the inhospitable Baja California desert.” It lies among a thick blanket of beautiful palm trees that snakes up the valley on both sides of the Rio Mulege. On each side rise tall sandy hills covered with cacti acting as sentinels insuring that nothing green escapes this lush garden. The “creek” is lazy and green and its direction of flow depends on the tides. It is the lifeblood of the little town; upstream it provides water for agriculture and as it flows into the Sea of Cortez it provides access to commercial and sport fishing. Prior to the completion of Mexico.Highway 1, Mulege was a regional market center and producer of subtropical fruits.

Mulege is a typical Mexican town with narrow one way streets; very few are marked with directional arrows. The best indicator is the direction of parked cars. The few major streets in the business district are not any wider. When one car is parked, one car can just squeeze by, but they are paved. The sidewalks are put in front of a store by the owner and the height of the curb depends on his fear of rising water in the street during a storm. The curbs might be 6” to 18”. One best be looking at their feet as they walk. The streets are not laid out in any type of order apparent to me but angle off in odd directions. Once you leave the center of town the rule of “one car parked – one can squeeze by” no longer applies. They are now dirt with one side carved into a rock wall and the other side the wall of a house or a fence. Finding our way through the back streets winding up the hill to the “Carcel Publica”, or federal prison, was a masterpiece of map guessmanship performed by Bruce Horton. Our hats off to Bruce.

The large white building overlooking the town served as “the Prison Without Doors” from 1907 until 1975. The high walls surrounded a rectangular stucco structure that had cells all the way around its exterior facing out at the outer wall, and all around the inner side facing an inner open courtyard. The prisoners in the outer courtyard were released at 6:00AM each day to go into town to work or visit. At 6:00PM “they were signaled to return with the trumpeting of a large conch shell.” An infraction by one was considered an infraction by all. The inner courtyard housed the dangerous prisoners who were not allowed the same privileges.

The prison is now a museum where you can view not only the prison and its furnishings but also mining tools and the history of the Mulege area. The graffiti etched in the cell walls is still visible, some counting the days & months, some the memories of a lost love.

As you walk out of the prison looking across the river and up stream sitting on another hill, one could see the Mission Santa Rosalia de Mulege. Although founded by the Jesuits in 1705, the existing structure was built in 1770 after a flood damaged the previous location. While not as impressive as some we have seen, the inside with its 3 or 4 foot thick walls and high curved ceiling had a quiet serenity.

From the prison we made our way along the river to a small lighthouse that is perched on top of a hill guarding the mouth of the Rio Mulege. A few hardy souls made the long climb up the 147 +/- steps (that’s Mexican steps, no two the same height or length) to enjoy the view out into the turquoise water of the Sea of Cortez and back upstream toward the city. We learned in the museum the turquoise color of the water is produced by colloidal lime from shells and skeletons of marine animals.

Across the small bay we could see the panga fleet (20 ft open fishing boats with outboards) and just beyond the dirt airfield where people fly in to the hotel which had served the Pig Roast two nights before. Farther along the river were the lovely winter homes that line that side of the river. Once again we see the broad disparity between the two sides of the river. One wonders whose life is happier.

Lunch was at a palapa on the beach and the ever present plastic lawn chairs sunk into the sandy floors. I think they may have been overwhelmed, not expecting so many for lunch at one time. It took an exceptionally long time for everyone to be served, so the waiter/ owner, a distinguished looking gray haired gentleman came out with his guitar and serenaded us with a few songs. In Mexico things happen at a different pace, but your customer is still your guest.

To all our grandkids: we are almost back in the USA Lots of love!.

HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY, EMILY! March 23rd.

(editor's note:)

How sweet it is!!! We are back in operation! Our Data Storm has returned to business. We don't know if it was an Act of God, or help Paul received from his DataStorm ListServer "buddies" - or if prayers and fasting have had an effect, but we are back on the internet!
It's good to be back!!!!

Paul, Kathleen and Jerry Too

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