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 in Buckskin State Park, AZ 5/10/06
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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.


The Beginning of Our Summer
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We left Sunbeam on Thursday, May 1 - the SnowBird season had flown by so swiftly, it seemed harder to bid farewell to folks we've become so close. Goodbyes were said more than once, but come Thursday morning, Nancy and Amy were the first ones to pull away. I think we were next, after saying "Goodbye" again to Judie and Sue and Nancy and Jim .... could not find everyone else, but we mated the Honda to the Foretravel and off we went.

A quick stop at Lowe's for water hose cap, then we were headed for Quartzsite. The road we traveled was the same one Kathleen rode 15 years ago on the Young At Heart bicycle trip across the country. Once we crossed the Imperial Sand Dunes we reach what we called "moguls" - really "dips" in the road. We have counted 53 "dips" - many of which are fairly serious up and downs .... I always relive that biking trip of long ago - such wonder-filled memories.

We had no trouble reaching Quartzsite but it does not have it's large "winter" population. Many stalls, stores and RV parks are closed for the season. Diesel in Arizona is a cheaper than that in California, and when one needs at least 75 gallons, even a small difference per gallon is worth stopping in AZ!

Once we were finished with Love's Truck Stop we headed forthwith to Buckskin Mountain State Park, a real favofrite of ours

This is absolutely a gem of a place. It's right along the Colorado River

It's a spot we have come to appreciate over the years. A favorite of boaters, and many campers pull their boats to the park and enjoy the rides up and down the river. There's even a small area reserved for swimming. A number of years ago, Jamie, Michael and Caroline spent a few days with us in Buckskin and we wonder if Caroline remembers her visit here. This small area is bounded by buoys thus marking the swim area.

Some boy scouts helped create several hiking trails, and if you look closely, you can see the American flag waving from the trail that leads from the ground all the way up to Inspiration Point

The park is very close to highway 95 that runs all the way up to I-40. That's highway 95 and it takes the travelers through some beautiful country.


That's our Foretravel parked so that we are facing the water. The last available pull through and we enjoyed a great view of the river!


The following morning we took our good old sweet time in getting up and on our way. It's so nice not to have a time commitment - we did what we wanted and left when we were ready! Weather was clear and warm (some would call it hot) but we managed to travel (sans air conditioning) from the park all the way to Tehachapi, CA. (A little over 300 miles.)

Tehachapi has another RV park we love. It sits nearly at the summit of the mountain, close by the little airport. The folks who own/run the park are warm and welcoming, and do all they can to make our stay a pleasant one. There were only 3 rigs camped there overnight, and we enjoyed the quiet and peacefulness.


Saturday morning Kathleen went outside to capture on film the little airport close by and to chat with the woman who is approaching from the field. She and her husband enjoy spending a weekend at this park where they enjoy the gliders in operation.


This area is so peaceful and quiet. No wonder folks like to visit the little restaurant in the building and watch the planes take off and land.



We spent even more time this morning in answering emails, and doing things on the computer. Finally were ready to leave for Harris Ranch - our last overnight stop before reaching Fremont.

Weather was particularly pleasant - nice breeze and not even too much traffic! In many places we enjoyed the blooming California golden poppies.


When we pulled off I-5 and headed for Harris Ranch, Paul stopped first at the Shell Gas Station where he often gets propane. He filled up on that and soon we were in a favorite spot in the Harris Ranch parking lot. Normally we spend some time admiring the flowers here that are seen all through the grounds. But hey! There is a serious water shortage in California, and any blooms were few and far between. Even in the restaurant customers are not served water to drink unless asked for!

While Paul was setting up the inside of the rig, Kathleen looked around the always interesting gift shop inside the restaurant building. What activity inside! First of all, there was a high school graduation going on (the celebration - not the actual graduation exercises).

So there were graduates all over the place, a large number of folks like us - here for a good meal - AND because this was the day for the running of the Kentucky Derby - an entire section of the "bar" area was set aside for "California Chrome"



.... Here's a good read on the early life of California Chrome. I like it because it explains where Harris Ranch fits into this champion's life.

California Chrome

So we could see the place was "jumping" and finding a seat for dinner might be a challenge. The gal at the desk said she could give us a table in about a half hour. No problem for us. Sure enough, before 30 minutes, we had a table and a good view of the large TV that was showing the goings on in Kentucky.


And often as we ate, two or three chefs came into the room (where the buffet was) with more and more dishes!


We both ordered or meals and a flight of wine for each of us (the flights even had one Pino Grigio!) As we were almost finished with our meals, the race began and everyone in the place was screaming for California Chrome. (We joined in the yelling and were tickled to see this beautiful horse take the crown!)


As soon as she was declared the manager declared that drinks were on the house! We might have ordered more than one drink, but we felt enough is enough and we were particularly happy with the gift of the memorial glass that reads: "California Chrome - Kentucky Derby Favorite 2014 - Cal Bread * Harris Ranch."

The fellow who ordered "drinks on the house" stopped at our table and chatted about the horse, how he was born less than 1/4 mile down the road, and how pleased everyone was with the win. We had a most enjoyable time chatting with other customers. What fun!

When we arrived back at the motor home we were treated to another celebration - Coalinga high school graduates were everywhere .... or so it seemed. Most of the young men were in white suits! Some were in dark suits, but they all looked so grown up and handsome! The dresses worn by the girls were eye-openers.


The girls in their formal attire were something to see and enjoy!

The young people spent a lot of time inside the ball room at the restaurant and outside in the parking lot (where we had "ring side seats"!) Talk about having fun watching the young people!



Paul had the generator on - so we had enough light to see and the fans on for a little more comfort.

We hope all our Sunbeam friends who have been traveling are safe and enjoying the beginning of summer! And we look forward to seeing and enjoying our own great family members and friends we have cherished over the years. We hope all our readers-on-line enjoy healthful and happy summer days......

In affection and gratitude,

Paul and Kathleen


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