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. Lazy Daze at Kirk Creek Camp 11/24/03
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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.

April 25, 2014 - We'll Be Leaving Sunbeam Soon ...
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Several weeks ago Kathleen was sweeping the rug in our motorhome bedroom. She noticed a wet spot at the foot of our bed and asked Paul if he knew how it got there. "No idea," replied Paul, but lo and behold, more wet spots began to show.

Looking along Paul's side of the bed, we had a real shock! Water, water everywhere! Kathleen had begun a small wash in the washing machine here in the rig, and Paul immediately turned off the water supply. First rags, then bath towels were used to "sop up" the water.

It did not take long for us to realize the rug was so saturated, that we'd have to remove the entire rug. While Kathleen was busy pulling up the rug, throwing parts of it out the windows, and then drying up the wet wood of the floor, Paul was busy trying to figure out what happened. He did post on our internet Foretravel blog, and did receive some advice and information.

Paul plans to replace the rug with a wooden floor (that fake wood that Costco, Home Depot and Lowe's sells.) That will take place sometime this summer. Paul, having followed all the directions and advice from the forum members, believes the flood was caused by a leak at the connection between the washer and the main hose leading from it. Just another little challenge in living in a 15 year old motor home! We're glad Kathleen saw it early, and nothing ruined but the 15 year old rug (the only rug left in all 40 feet The rest is tile!

Kathleen and the "girls" took another shopping trip on Tuesday - there's an "outlet" south of El Centro - in Calexico. It opened last October and none of us have visited it, so before we all leave, this was a good idea. Amy, her mom, Nancy, Judie, Nancy V and Kathleen all fit in the car (snug as bugs in a rug) for the short trip down to Calexico.

We were disappointed that the place doesn't seem to be generating much traffic, and many places are empty. We visited most of the stores that were open, and were sad to see every one had discounts of 30 - 60 and even 80% .... not a good sign. We did find a great "Kitchen Store" and each of us found something we "had to have."

From the Outlet place we drove to a restaurant that had been recommended - close to the Calexico airport. It was closed on Tuesdays, so we drove instead a little north and found a Carrow's where we had a nice lunch.

From lunch we drove up to the Mall close to El Centro where we made a stop at Kohl's. This store has been built a bit away from the other large department stores, like Sears, Penny's, Macy's, and Dillard's. Perhaps the planners felt it was better to put it there. It's a nice store and some of the ladies found things they needed.

On Thursday, Judie's daughter, Susan, drove down from LA (amid a mess of traffic) and we all went out to dinner - Susan, Judie, Paul, Kathleen, Barbara and Russ. We had a good time visiting. Susan is like a niece to me, and it is always a treat to see her.

On Friday we drove up to La Mesa for the last time this season. Blood draw finally showed a good range. Last two times Kathleen hasn't been able to get her reading above 2.0 - not good. So it was a happy reading of 3.1!!!

Barbara and Judi spent the day at the Mall - they had a huge supply of signs, games for kids, prizes, etc., etc., etc.!!! The 250 mile Off Road Race comes back to El Centro tomorrow, and local merchants, RV parks, the Chamber of Commerce and other interested organizations had "booths" in the shopping center parking lot. Unfortunately, the winds today are blowing up to 26 mph, so I don't know how our friends are doing in all this wind. We felt the wind all the way to and back from La Mesa!

This will be our final weekend in Sunbeam, and we expect to begin our trip up to Fremont May 1.

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