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.


June 23 - Northern Ohio
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We had our final day of travel as we left St. Ignace and headed for Saturday's stop at the Covered Wagon RV Park & Campground in Ottawa, MI.

As we left the TiKi RV park and headed down the hill, we could see the Lake right ahead of us.


We negotiated a right turn and were soon headed out of the charming town of St. Ignace. When we arrived two days ago, we mentioned to one another that there weren't many tourists to be seen. As we drove along the main street, we were happy to see these vintage cars .... most of whom stayed in the town overnight, and that meant more business for the folks who hope for visitors during the summer months!


Soon we approached the Mackinaw Bridge - a sight that's always impressive to these two travelers.


There's an interesting post on on the Bridge for those who enjoy learning more.... Mackinaw Bridge

We came to a rest stop and pulled into the parking lot. We try to stop at these road side parks to get out and stretch a bit. At this place, Kathleen noticed this sign: "Scenic Overlook." We usually like these, so up the hill we went to enjoy the "scenic overlook" .... here's what we found!


Here's Paul walking down from the "scenic overlook."


Farther down the highway we came to another "Rest Area" but found this to be a unique place. We have visited a number of interesting Rest Areas, but this is the first time we visited (and enjoyed) one the grounds of which were kept beautiful by a Master Gardener! (Volunteer) --






The road (I-75) was not too crowded, and as we neared the town of Ottawa, MI we turned off and filled up the motor home with diesel. Just down the road, less than 1/2 mile sat the lovely and inviting RV Park called "Covered Wagon."


What a great place for our last night before Akron! Here we are in our spot!


This is an older park, but a busy one. Many of our fellow campers come here to spend the summer. The children were all well behaved, there was lots scheduled for families, and the swimming pool appeared to be host to many families! What a nice place!

The following morning we were anxious to begin our last day of travel (until after visiting families in the Akron area.) We pulled out of our spot and looked down the road, lined with campers, and trees. A nice family place!


In no time flat we were in the environs of Toledo and were soon on I-90/80, heading east. Happily, we were there on a Sunday, so traffic was not as "bad" as it must be during the week. We elected to take the toll road, which was bad enough with all the construction routes, but we made good time. Eventually we left I-90 and traveled due east on I-80.


We left I-80 and drove route 8 down to the Akron area. In a short while we were in the office at our "home away from home" here at Cherokee RV Park where we have stayed during our Ohio visits in the past.


And the sun set, though not so dramatic as on Lake Superior, was still a pleasant sight.

Now to get some visiting in!


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