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 at Caverns of Sonora, TX. Cave comparable to Kartchner in AZ. 5/26/06
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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.

8/6/14 - Traveling West aka
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We arrived in the capital of Texas - Austin, yesterday. Kathleen visited Austin back in '99, on her cross country bike ride, and then it was a pleasant bike ride through the city.

Today it is an "ant hill" -- just getting into the city was a feat accomplished only by one who can handle a 40' rig like ours. Kathleen keeps her eyes closed much of the time - so if she gets killed, she won't know it until she's dead!

We'd spent two delightful nights at the home of the Escapee Club we belong to that forwards our mail to us (with the name "Rainbow's End" that always sets Paul to reflecting ... ;o) and looked forward to our trip to Austin. The route from Livingston to Austin was nice and not too busy.

A nice mural as we neared the city:

As we reached Austin we found ourselves on a "toll road" - no warning where we could pull off and decide on what to do, so we simply cruised ahead. We read a sign along the road, informing drivers that they would be "billed by mail" .... hummmmm.
A fleeting shot of the capitol:

We had the address of the Austin RV Park we had reservations in our navigation app. For the first time in a long time, Navigation was way off --- she had us go north once we reached Austin, even though both of us thought we ought to have gone SOUTH. We drove north, made a "U" turn, went back again - only to find where "Navigation" claimed that we had reached our destination, it turned out to be a Health Gym sort of place. Paul unhooked the Element and said he'd do a little driving about, in case the RV Park was more "off the road."

While he was unhooking, Kathleen entered the address of the RV park again, only this time, included the NAME of the place, and Viola! It was south of where we were. Quickly informing Paul of her findings, he RE-Hooked the Element and off we went, hoping this time we'd find the place. (Traffic was heavy, and we both agreed that it seemed as though all the "cowboys" were on the road.)

To get to the point, we did finally find the place, and what a nice spot it is! The folks in the office were so very friendly and helpful. It was a real pleasure to park the motor home and breath a sigh of relief!

It's a large, attractive park, and the owners/managers are so helpful. Here we get escorted to our site.

Being escorted to a site is nothing new, but these folks do it with such class!

We hoped we were close to a Costco, and were given directions by one of the staff. Yes, there was a Costco in Austin, AND it was close by! Once settled, we took the Honda and drove the Honda to Costco to stock up on supplies. It was a nice store, but we were happy to get back to the park and relax.

This morning we packed up and left the park, hoping to quickly escape from Austin. However, the frontage road we took would not allow us to make a simple left turn on route 71, so another "U Turn" (again) and finally Paul was able to get from I-35 to Route 71 that took us west, out of this very busy city. We left with the hope of never seeing Austin again!

The Texas road system can be pretty confusing at first blush to newbies like us. But once you get the hang of it, it makes a lot of sense.

Our roads ALL day today were great! Hardly any traffic! We left Austin and drove through Johnson City (no other RVs in sight!) We crossed (east to west) through one of our favorite southern Texas towns; Fredricksburg.

What happened to all the tourists we encounter each time we visit there?

Our route was nearly devoid of traffic ....And then it hit! This is August. It is hot in southern Texas - sane folks are not spending much time in these southern climes!

Late this afternoon we pulled into Sonora Caverns - one of our favorite caverns in the US. We could see only one other camper here in the park. There were a few other visitors in the main lobby, but all-in-all it was pretty quiet. Later in the afternoon several other rigs pulled in, so we are not an "empty campground." The campground is quite small, but we have camped here several other times, though not with a 40 footer.

Paul had a dickens of a time getting our rig in - had to unhook the Element before he was able to pull into the spot, and at that, he's parked "backward" and may have to back out of the pull-thru area we're in.

We had to disconnect the Element, after Paul tried to negotiate a turn. Result was lots of hammering on the connection - moving the Element back and forth: no good, then finally rocking the rig back and forth and eventually we were able to disconnect! Really NO SMALL feat! We sure were happy to get everything in place before collapsing in relief!

Now we sit in our motor home, having finished our fresh salmon and a salad .... rig is cooled with the AC, and all is well! We probably will not take another tour of the caverns, but who knows.......
The Caverns of Sonora

We face a hill resplendent with cactus - these were in bloom, but almost too far away (fence keeping us "out").....

Tomorrow we'll drive to Marfa, Texas and sit all night just in case the famous "lights" show themselves.

The Marfa lights, also known as the Marfa ghost lights, have been observed near US Route 67 on Mitchell Flat east of Marfa, Texas, in the United States. They have gained some fame as onlookers have ascribed them to paranormal phenomena such as ghosts, UFOs, or Will-o'-the-wisp, etc.

Marfa Ghost Lights

We pass this area each time we visit Big Bend National Park, but never stopped. We are curious, so we'll spend a night there, just in case we see the lights ...

From all we've read, there are several reasonable ideas regarding the lights. However, I get stalled at not believing when I know early Indian Tribes and early pioneers (long before the electric light or automobiles with lights) reported seeing the lights .... so who knows?

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