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
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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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When we visit the "Lake House" with the kids, we stay at a nice RV park fairly close by (north of Channing.) However this time we had reasons to stay closer to Iron Mountain, and so stopped for two nights at another favorite of ours, Summer Breeze Campground.


Along the way to Iron Mountain, we passed many wild flowers growing along the road. These were particularly beautiful.


And now for the reason we wanted to camp close to this part of Michigan. So a little "history" is in order: Dorothy and Kathleen were neighbors in Akron. One day Dorothy and her family moved up to their former home in Bergland, MI. Kathleen was sure she'd never see her friend again. However strange and wonderful things happen, and about 60 years after the Plansky family's departure, mutual friends helped these two women to connect! We had a lovely "reunion." See Finding A Long-Lost Friend

Each time we traveled with the family up to this area where they have a summer place, we'd stop by to visit with Dorothy. Time is not always kind, and for the past several years we have not been able to locate this friend. This year Kathleen felt a real need to find out where Dorothy is, and if she is still alive. Many searches on the Internet were of little value, so today we left camp and drove up to Channing. A stop at the little grocery store gave us a nudge. "Go over next door to the Bait Shop. That guy knows everything." Those were the directions the owner of the grocery store had for us. She did not know Dorothy, but thought that if anyone did, the owner of the Bait Shop would know, or have a way to find out.


What a happy place this was: For one thing, the fellow sells all sorts of bait and fishing gear. He informs customers on the weather forecast.


The store also sells home made Ice Cream and DELICIOUS pastries!

In addition, a few phone calls made by the owner and we were privy to the fact that Dorothy is alive and is living in a nursing home in Iron Mountain.

With the directions to the Nursing Home, we were on our way (with much appreciation and thanks to the owner of the Bait Shop.) Anyone in that area, drop by for fishing equipment and/or some delicious sweets!

We found the Nursing Home with no problems, and were able to visit with Dorothy. It was a bittersweet time and we were grateful to see how well she is being taken care of. It reminded us of our many visits to another friend in Oregon, and I guess it gave us peace. Now we can send cards to Dorothy and know her sons and multitude of friends will be with her so long as she needs them.


We left Summer Breeze Campground the following day and headed toward St. Ignace, MI.

We always go along the same route, and today were able to capture the Escanaba town sign! (Usually we hit a green light at this point and today we had a red light!)


The moose is frequently depicted in statues and pictures - looks like this fellow even has a warm blanket over him!


For many miles we skirt the shore of northern Lake Michigan.


Traffic was reasonably light, weather was delightful, and in no time at all, we were driving in St. Ignace where we stopped at another favorite RV Park - Tiki. We have been here several times and always feel comfortable here.


The owners are the most friendly and the grounds are beautiful..... we were able to see Lake Michigan from our rig!

The lilac bushes are in full bloom here - both lavender





And white lilac bushes compete in the beauty department!


Our rig faced lilac bushes, and that's the sight we had from the inside of the rig!


We stayed two nights in this idyllic place. We even were able to take a walk the second day, into town. Rain cut the walk short, but it was nice just the same.




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