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 at Caverns of Sonora, TX. Cave comparable to Kartchner in AZ. 5/26/06
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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.

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Every year our RV park is witness to what is fondly called "Can-Am" week. During this week residents put out their respective flags. Some fly both the Canadian and the American flag. The golfers have their traditional "golf tournament" and I think the Canadians usually win that tournament. (I believe that Canadians are more represented in the park than Americans.) Having said that, we were happy to learn that this year the American golfers won the golf tournament! For most of the rest of us, we look forward to the Can-Am Parade. It's fun to participate in the parade, but it's also fun to sit along the road and cheer the participants on.
Following are a few pictures that document this event.. In previous years quite a bit is devoted to "them and us" but this year's theme was the opposite and was dubbed "Snowbirds United" - what a nice change!

Jan and Steve (Captains on the American side) created a great cart!

We have lots and lots of coots this year here at the park - they are everywhere. This group of residents decided to carry pictures of coots to mark their living among us this year!

These two caught the attention of all the parade watchers: Activities chairperson Barbara and her side-kick Judie! We could not believe the two of them could look so comfortable on that big machine!

While Barbara comandeered the motorcycle, husband Russ decided to roll around the parade route on this!

Every parade needs "watchers" along the parade route, and our neighbors came out in great force. Here are Bob and Carol,Mary, Sam, and Howard and Jeanne.

Following the golf tournament, a Can/Am dinner is celebrated in the hall. These maps show the home base of all those who participate in the Can/Am tournament.

Our little "neighborhood group" celebrated the birthday of Jeanne. A pot luck started off the evening, and what a feast we had! Snacks and dip were good enough to make a meal on them!

The food was tasty and plentiful!

The picture of Jeanne and her cake was taken when the sun had gone down, and my camera does not take good pictures at night, but it's a reminder of the cake and celebration. That's Carol trying to light the birthday candles for Jeanne.

Talking about our little neighborhood group celebrations, last year we were participants of this yearly get together: "A White Elephant Exchange." This year we had a lovely "pot luck" followed by the White Elephant Party. Each person brings to the party something they have and like, but don't use anymore - or is willing to give as their white elephant gift. We all placed our gifts on one of the tables. A pair of die is passed around and when someone rolls a "double" they may approach the table and select a gift. They do not unwrap the gift until everyone has rolled "doubles" and has a gift. Then one at a time, participants unwrap their gift. As Howard opens his gift, Bob and Bill watch.

But we all thought Dean received the best gift of all!

As gifts are unwrapped, participants can decide if they want to swap gifts.
Sam, Mary, Lou-Anne, Camille and Carol enjoy the gift openings. But the swap can't happen until the participant rolls "doubles" again. It's a lot of fun watching folks doing all they can to swap their gift with one they'd rather have!

(Nancy, Jo, Amy, ---- and -----) wait for their chance to roll the die again.
For example, Kathleen originally received some lovely note paper. Someone in the group wanted that note paper, so when that person rolled "doubles" she took my note paper and left me with something else. Kathleen had her eyes on two solar lights, and when she rolled "doubles" the solar lights were hers. We had only 10 minutes to get this all done, and there was lots of good natured "hurry, hurry, roll the die and pass 'em on!" I think everyone enjoyed the game, and we already look forward to doing it again next year!
On the 8th of March a number of us participated in the annual 10 k walk/run/bike Blue Angels fund raiser.

These friendly and helpful volunteers provided water for participants - and it was much appreciated!

we stopped a moment along the way so Amy could apply a band aid to prevent (?) blisters. (She got the blisters anyway...)

Blisters not with standing, Amy led us to the finish line!

A couple whom we have come to love and respect here are our friends, Barbara and Don. Last Sunday Barbara served "home made ice cream" that she had made the previous week (and oh! was it ever good!) Two flavors of cake were also served! The occasion was their 60th wedding anniversary. Their daughter and granddaughter came down from Phoenix to help them celebrate!

Many residents came out to celebrate this auspicious occasion with the Garrens!
And now I am "caught up" and what better way to say, "Goodbye for now" with a sunset we recently enjoyed here at Sunbeam....

Paul & Kathleen

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