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
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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.

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Visitors for a month! It sounded like a long time, and it was, but it seemed shorter as the days came to a close.

Our time in PaaMul/Cozumel (Nov 25 to January 3rd!) was really a long time, but it did give us that which we hoped for - we were able to see and visit with our grandkids up close and personal. We see far too little of these four grandchildren, and it was a special time for us that will give us many happy hours of remembrance!

While visiting in PaaMul, we took each of the grandkids “out to lunch - one-on-one” and Ellen was the first. She elected to go to the hotel restaurant right on the grounds, and that’s just what we did. It was a lovely day and Ellen enjoyed her lunch (we did)!

One evening Kitty, Jamie, Jesse, Pike and Paul (with Kathleen watching) played a game called “Cards Against Humanity” supposedly gifted to the Hopcias from Christina. It brought a lot of laughs and a few surprises…. Kitty and Pike react to one of the “messages”!

A game that the kids received for Christmas (gift from Pike, I think) is called “Risk” - (all in Spanish!) and the family played it until late in the night. Next day the kids were all ready for another go-round of “Risk” That’s Pike, Jess, Cat (hidden by Ellen) and Ellen … Pike won this game by conquering the entire world, even though Caroline held out to the end!

Paul came down with a case of bursitis in his knee and the day we had scheduled to take Jess to lunch. He also selected the restaurant here at the park - and because it was easier for Paul’s challenged mobility. Jess decided he’d borrow the neighbor’s golf cart, and so was able to transport Paul the distance from the palapa to the restaurant where we all enjoyed a nice lunch. Here Jess returns PaPa back to the palapa.

The day after Jessie’s lunch with us, Kitty took us up to get some help for Paul. Here’s how it’s done in Mexico: We drove up to where the local supermarket is located (about 5 miles from the park). Next to the market is a pharmacy, next to which is a very small building marked “Medical Consultations” (or something like that.) We waited until the doctor arrived and within 15 minutes we were sitting in front of a lovely young Mexican doctor (who also spoke English) who diagnosed Paul with bursitis of the knee. She said she could order pills for him, or give him a shot (the shot would bring relief faster) - Paul elected to have the shot. The doctor administered the shot, and in addition, Paul was given a prescription for some pills. We were with the doctor less than a half hour. For that visit, the shot and medications our bill came to a total of US$11. What a deal! Within a few days Paul was moving about smartly and the bursitis died a quick death!

To prove how well he was doing, the two of us took a walk along the beach

We’ve walked along this section of the beach before, but today we came across a charming surprise.

A couple built this unique, covered area for other visitors to also enjoy! They not only put up sturdy posts and a cover, but they left notes on one of the cross beams, telling that they hoped visitors would enjoy themselves there at the shore. Others who have visited since also left notes of appreciation.

When visiting in PaaMul, we usually walk from the palapa up to the “point” nearly every day. We have not been so fortunate this year, because of the rain (poor excuse) and then because one or the other of us was healing from a bruise or two - nothing serious, just getting older and more prone to bumps and bruises!

The kids were in school until shortly before Christmas, and will return on the 7th of January. We really enjoyed being with them. They are all excellent cooks, and are often in the kitchen cooking or baking… Here’s one of Jesse’s most recent baking treats: cinnamon rolls (yummy!)

Pike frequently fries fish for dinner, or prepares his famous mushroom dish. Jamie is not immune from coming up with something delicious for dinner. His macaroni and cheese dish made our last dinner there, was a real “hit”.

On one of our last days at the park, we strolled again among the many interesting palapas. There are 4 or 5 palapas right on the beach. We guess that they have probably been there awhile, but the owners (or someone hired by the owners) have created a mini art show right on the sides and front of their palapas.

That’s just one example and is the front of the palapa. Almost all of these buildings are painted all along the sides of the palapa - mostly aquatic scenes, or paintings of various tropical animals.

Each morning Paul would head for Kitty and Jamie’s palapa and have coffee ready when i arrived. During his early morning visits there, Paul enjoyed his chats with Jamie and with Kitty.

But all good things come to an end, and finally on the 3rd of January we were ready to head to the airport. We bade “goodbye” to this trio of very special and loved kids. In order to make enough room for Kitty, Jamie, Jess. Ale, ourselves and our luggage, these three stayed behind. This is our final picture of Ellen, Caroline and Parker.

We are sure going to miss each of of these intelligent, fun, and enjoyable kids!

At the airport, the family made sure we were really off and away, by accompanying us all through the LONG line to sign in and deposit our two large suitcases. Jess, Jamie, Kitty and Ale were there all the time pulling those heavy bags. We were much impressed with their making sure the “toads” made it to security safe and sound. It was hard to finally say “Goodbye” to Jesse, Ale, Jamie and Kitty.

We always feel so welcome in PaaMul, and enjoy being a part of the Hopcia family - they can never seem to do enough for us, and we feel totally humbled by their attention and affection.

So it’s “goodbye” again as we carry happy and loving memories of our 2013-14 visit!

We were fortunate to have a straight flight and in an airplane that was actually NOT full! Paul enjoys aisle seats, while I enjoy window seats. Because of the few “empty” seats, we were able to enjoy the same row and have the middle seat between us for all our “junk”. We reached LAX about 8:30 in the evening, picked up our luggage and the car rental and headed for Torrance where we had motel reservations for the night.

The following day we headed for San Diego (awful traffic!) and Kaiser where we had our blood draws - then home!

When we pulled into our “spot” our neighbors were enjoying an evening around the campfire, so we were able to greet and be greeted by everyone - what a warm welcome back! So I guess that means we’re “home” again, and happy to see so many familiar faces!

We go from one loving family to another. Surely larger than our family in PaaMul, yet these RV Park friends are very much “family” to us. And to complete our story, today (Jan 6) Paul picked up our mail from the office and we have just spent several hours enjoying Christmas cards sent from family and friends, and much mail that’s been accumulating since November 24th!

Happy New year and Best Wishes,

Paul and Kathleen

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