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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.

Friday, May 30, 2014
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Friday, May 30, 2014

This morning we were anxious to get under way. This is a large state and our remembrances are of a flat, never ending road with few interesting places. Wide open and boring driving across this state! Well, were we ever in for a surprise BIG TIME!

Once we left Lyman in the dust we drove along the highway and noticed signs advertising "Little America" --- how our kids enjoyed our stop at this hubbub of activity. A new interstate does not go right in front of Little America and about all we could see from our rig were the signs and buildings that have all sprung up over the intervening years!

We soon reached the towns of Green River and Rock Springs ... right along a gorge-like area that blew us away! 7774 Such rock formations we never saw! 7785 We did notice road signs to Flaming Gorge --- a marvelously breath taking ride we enjoyed two years ago. We were sore tempted to detour and visit the sights along the Flaming Gorge, but the beauty and wonder we were enjoying as we drove along this “new to us” interstate kept us moving ever eastward.

Soon we bade “Goodbye” to Interstate 80 and once we filled the rig with more diesel at Rawlins, where we refueled (124 gal), we headed North on US-287 then /HWY-220 towards the town of Casper - our destination for the night.. We might have stayed on 80 to Cheyenne and up to Casper via I-25 - but that would have added more miles to our trip, and any way, we tend to take a road less traveled. We are so glad we elected to go 287 to “Muddy Gap” ”and then route 220 because the scenery was fantastically gorgeous!

The rock formations on this route are amazing. Right after we passed "Devil's Gate" we stopped at "Independence Rock State Historical Site" at a Rest Area. What a surprise! 7789 "Independence Rock is 6,028 feet above sea level. Windblown sand and silt have grooved the rock and polished it to a high gloss in a process called "windfaceting." It is because of this smoother surface that the pioneers were able to easily carve their names into the rock. (Historical graffiti!)

7827 7846 With that inspiring stop, we headed to Casper, and looked forward to reaching Casper quickly. Forward looking didn't work so well, and we found Casper to be quite an ant hill. What traffic! Comparable to Bend Oregon.

Road directions were clear and simple. Road driving in Casper not so much.

And at the end of the day we found the only RV Park in Wyoming that was almost full Fortunately they had one site that could handle us - and a "pull-thru site" too - which means we did not have to unhook the Honda to park the RV (and re-hook in the morn). Paul still can't believe he made the U-turn he pulled off to get into the Casper East RV Park! (Kathleen is still trembling!) 7859

We were glad to have reached Casper, but our thoughts go back to the beauty we witnessed here in Wyoming. Where were our eyes when we crossed this state in previous years? We did take I-80, so it’s not because we haven’t traveled this route before. What ever the reason, we feel so lucky to have found the “beautiful” Wyoming - the inspiring rock formations, the hills, the excellent road conditions, all make us want to stay longer and explore this beautiful, awesome state! This was an especially interesting Rest Stop 7895 7896 7906

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