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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.

Catching Up
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It has been awhile since we’ve posted to this website, so we thought this would be a good time for an “update.”

We ended our Mexican adventure on March 31, and headed for Arizona.

When our original Adventure Caravans was scheduled for late January, we made reservations to visit Kartchner Caverns (just south of Benson, AZ.) With the change in dates for Adventure Caravans, our plans for visiting Kartchner Caverns were put “on hold.” Upon our return to the U.S. we secured new reservations to explore this underground wonder on April 20th. So we have a little time to do more exploring in Arizona!

After spending our first night back in the States in Gila Bend, AZ we traveled on to the Tucson area where we visited a wonderful living museum, the Sonora Desert Museum. What a magnificent place! We arrived in the early afternoon, and storm clouds warned of rain. However, it was quite warm, and the other visitors appeared undaunted by any possibility of a downpour.

Paul and I had an enlightening adventure, rambling around the various exhibits. We stopped at each indoor exhibit (which were fabulous) but we especially enjoyed the outdoor exhibits.

One can easily spend an entire day there. One thing that really impressed us was the admonition to keep hydrated during the walking outdoor tour. In fact that there were signs all over admonishing visitors to drink water. To help visitors keep hydrated, we passed (and used) the many, many water faucets that were stationed all along the way.

We crawled into "underground caverns" and marvelled at the natural look all around. We eventually came upon the "rock and mountain making" area. Had we not seen this area, it would have been difficult to believe that some of the rock formation we saw were not "real" ...

We spent so much time learning about the animals and plants of the desert, that we elected to spend the night in the state campground right at the museum. It is a very nice campground, and right outside and all around our rig were wonderful cacti!

We did experience some rain during our visit, and we had a little more once we were settled in the campground - even so, we enjoyed a lovely sunset.

The next day we made tracks for Apache Junction, where I hoped to show Paul a little of the Superstition Mountains. Our Young At Heart group stayed in Apache Junction on our ride, and while there, we made a short visit to the Superstition Mountains.

On the way to Apache Junction we came upon Casa Grande National Monument. It proved to be a very enlightening stop!

Casa Grande, or "Big House," is one of the largest and most mysterious prehistoric structures ever built in North America.

This was the first archeological site to be preserved by the federal government and the fifth oldest unit in the National Park Service. That's a "cover" that was constructed in the 30s and put over the "Big House" to protect it from the elements.

The preserve now protects the Casa Grande and other archeological sites within its boundaries. We were not able to view, in person, all the digs that are ongoing in this area. We did watch a very informative movie of the Ruins and enjoyed a very interesting tour, courtesy of the Park Service by an extremely knowledgable and engaging Ranger.

She told us as much as she could of the story of the ancient ones - the Akimel O'otham (called the Hohokam, "those who are gone.") They were very short people, as is evidenced by the narrow and low doorways throughout the structure. No one really knows what happened to these ancient people, and for years and years Casa Grande was in ruins. Looters came in and took so much – but some of them left something, too. The ranger called it “ancient grafitti” – and we were able to see a bit of scratching on the walls from “visitors” dating back to the late 1800s!

Although one of the smallest of the National Monuments, this place held a wealth of information and interest for us!

Paul and I found a very nice RV park close to where our YAH group had stayed five years ago! This is a nice part of Arizona, and this is an especially pleasant RV park. A nice swimming pool, hot tub, shaded lots, clean rest rooms/showers, and friendly residents make this a very enjoyable place. (Besides that, the price is right!)

We had our mail forwarded to this address, and it was a little like Christmas when two good sized boxes arrived!

Even though our little park is “off the beaten path” – the area is close to shopping centers, movie houses and other businesses. We even took a little ride to a very large movie house – where we enjoyed seeing “Lady Killers” – the title sounds terrible, but we found it a very funny and enjoyable flick. We also have done some walking in the area – down to the grocery store which is probably about a mile from our RV park. By the way, Apache Junction is RV Park Heaven --- one can’t go down a street without passing at least one RV park per block!

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