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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.

2014 Foretravel 2014 Foretravel "Lemon Rally"
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The year 2013 saw the last gathering correctly called “The Lemon Rally.” The couple who began and kept the Lemon Rally alive spent many years providing Foretravel owners an opportunity of getting together just to have fun. No maintenance classes, driving classes, etc.

The devotion, endless hours of organizing, transporting tables, tents, etc, as well as their fantastic hospitality made Annette and Ken Lemon stalwart Foretravelers admired and loved.

Of course, their main side kicks - Audrey and Harvey Nelson added their own reaching out to newcomers in particular, and the hours of work they did to make sure the Rally was documented and enjoyable knew no bounds.

What a foursome! They’ll never be duplicated, but Donna has worked hard this year to make folks feel welcome and included.

There were quite a few folks up where Donna was parked, and they ate dinner at 4:00 pm in order to be "inside" their rigs before dark.

Our group and others enjoyed happy hour about 4:00, so were unable to have a large get-together with Donna's and other groups. Donna promises to make things a little more cohesive next year.

There were a number of little Foretraveler groups spread throughout the area and lots of folks made the “rounds” from one group to another to make sure everyone was greeted. In many cases folks were able to put a face to a name that had appeared many times on the Foretravel Forum. Paul enjoyed meeting face-to-face with several folks with whom he’s corresponded (via the forum).

We arrived in Quartzsite on Monday afternoon after following the signs on I-10 for 95 south. The offramp seemed to be a frontage road alongside some of the Quartzsite Flea Market stalls. Lots of cars, vans and people. Traffic was fairly heavy, but it did move along.

Driving south on 95 we saw lots of activity, and noted the “big tent” and many parked cars, indicating that attendance at the fair was good!

Finding the Foretravel group was easy and soon we were parked and were happy to see our friends, Carol and Jeff, Peggy and Kent, Dori and Ken and others. (These are the three couples who stopped by our rig in El Centro mainly to see our “cold plate” refrigerator.

We failed to tell them that by appearance, it is not something one expects to find in a rig like ours. However, main thing is that it is “functional.” We like the cold plate and are happy not to have to worry about fires with the older type of refrigerator. It suits our needs well.

We enjoyed a lovely pot luck at Carol and Jeff's beautiful RV and had a nice evening visiting with fellow Foretravelers.

On Tuesday and again on Thursday we took a nice walk to a place we discovered when we attended the 2012 Lemon Rally.

A new sign identifies "Paradise Pet Cemetery."

We noticed a few new graves. This little burial place for animals speaks of the love folks had for their pets. Dogs, cats, and a rabbit’s grave can all be identified by the lovely tomb stones and messages thereon.

On our last visit we noticed this piece of art on the ground - made of stones. We could not decide if it depicts a dog or a horse, but were impressed with the artistry.

Paul had a good sense of where the cemetery is located, though we walked gingerly, looking and searching for signs that we were close. On departing the cemetery, we took this picture to remind ourselves that it is best remembered by the saguaro cactus (three of them!) close by.

Before we reached the animal cemetery we chanced upon the large "wash" that, with a heavy rain, makes driving down the road treacherous.

It has not been possible for us to count how many Foretravel vans are here, as we all were quite spread out. However, easy to spot were the large numbers of the famous UniHome Foretravels.

Many folks commented on the fact that they have never seen so many at one time! The factory stopped manufacturing these warriors of the road several years ago. Looking at many of them, it is hard to believe they were not made in the 2000s! Shows how well Foretravel motorhomes are and it makes us grateful to have a Foretravel ourselves!

There are many different groups in this area. The other day, on one of our walks, we passed this interesting coach and toad. The Jeep stands in front of the Prevost motorhome, and we enjoyed the humor of the owners -

The Prevost motorhome is named "Mayhem" - and on one side of the Jeep is a miniature duplicate of the Jeep!

One of our reasons for attending this gathering was to have our AquaHot serviced. They need servicing once a year and we were glad to find Lloyd available.

Lloyd and his son come all the way from Arkansas to Quartzsite each winter.

One day I asked Paul to drop me off at the famous Flea Market, as I have never been there. So early in the afternoon he dropped me off and I estimated I'd be ready after visiting there for 2 hours.

Just outside the big tent are stall after stall filled with rocks - all sizes, shapes and colors, I cannot even guess how many "rock vendors" are at this Flea Market! As I neared the big tent I was impressed at the number of visitors.

Once inside I tried in vain to capture the length of the tent, but my camera could focus only so far....

The number and variety of stalls was amazing. Too bad they aren't all listed in a brochure - because there are probably nearly that number of vendors outside the big tent as are inside!

I could not help but try to capture a picture of this "camper" on film. Too many viewers stopped to look and inspect it - pretty amazing! That ladder going up to the sleeping area is something!

But the days have gone by so swiftly, and many folks left today. We expect to depart tomorrow, but a few others plan to hold out until Sunday. It's been another great time. We can understand why folks enjoy this area. It is ideal for off-roading, for being "out in the open" and for nice walks - past purple cactus and other pleasant scenes.

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