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 & Toad in Buckskin State Park, AZ 5/10/06
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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.

3/27/04 - Catavina to Ensenada
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We are nearing the end of our journey, and we are indeed happy to present another “editor for the day” in the person of Dan Day. Dan is the other half of the Dan and Carolee Day couple. Dan has that wonderful southern drawl that makes one feel warm and comfortable. He is always ready to give us “non-toaders” a ride. Dan and Carolee call Pisgah Forest, North Carolina their home.

MARCH 27th, 2004

Just a long travel day, but interesting nevertheless. The road started out on high alert for driver survivability. It was very narrow with shoulders that would roll an RV into a ball if you dropped a tire off the edge.

I believe the terrain changed more today than on any previous travel day. It started with desert cactus and mesquite trees in our campground at Catavina,

and then put us in steep mountains with thick fields of cactus everywhere. Then we went through a mystery field of huge boulders. We know the ice-age moraine didn’t reach down that far, so ‘go figure’. Next we drove along the top of a very sharp mountain range with thinning cactus, and down into the ‘flats’ where fields of cabbage, tomatoes, and other vegetables were grown commercially (with a little help from hoards of Mexican field hands).

After our lunch break at San Quintin the road improved and actually had narrow shoulders for a while. Drivers were finally able to relax for a while, even though the traffic was heavier. The mountain views and the roads were gradually weaning us from Mexico and beginning to look a little like California.

One thing I found very interesting was at least two dozen houses started along the road with only the outer block walls built to roof height, and then apparently abandoned, some for long periods of time.

I inquired as to why from a local guide and was told it was because home building is very expensive in Mexico and people build them just a little at a time as their money allows. She assured me they were not abandoned, just delayed.

Now it is evening and we are at Estero Beach in a beautiful RV park with pavement to park on, running water, electricity, soap and hand dryers in ‘rest rooms’. All of these things jogging our memory and preparing us for our return to the good ole USA. Some of us celebrated by going to a real restaurant that had menus, waiters, and restrooms that ’spoke’ English.

Others needed to cook-in and consume some of their stores that cannot be taken across the border into California.

Dan Day

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