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 SHIELDS UP! in El Centro, CA 11/19/06
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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.


8/9/14 -(8/10/14) - Marfa to Roswell to Tijeras (Albuquerque)
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We drove north, out of Texas, past Ft Davis and the McDonald Observatory - so many memories! But landscape is ever beautiful!

Our goal for tonight was Marfa, Texas - the mysterious town --- We found the RV park close to town, but 6-8 miles past the "viewing place."

It's a plain RV park (Tumble In)- still under construction, and it looks like the owners/managers are trying to make it a pleasant place to stop overnight or until the travelers "see the lights.


Kathleen met a couple who told her about their sightings several years ago:
"We were lucky. Right at DUSK we began to see the lights. They weren't headlights from cars or trucks. They were very different. Some were white, others red or yellow. And they seemed to grow in size then shrink right away. They seemed to divide then go back together. They were awesome!"

This couples been in the park for a week, and no plans of "moving on." They believe the lights are seen only at DUSK, and as soon as it grew dark they went inside their van.

Many tales from others insist that they saw these lights all through the night. So K stayed around, looking and hoping. I am not sure if the lights did come out, if I could see them 6-8 miles away.

However, the park owners provided comfortable lawn chairs and a lovely chaise lounge for folks to use while they looked (and hoped) After the couple left, I used the chaise lounge to look up at the sky.

Many others have written about the starry sky, and if the lights didn't show, just looking at the myriad mantle of sky, they were satisfied. This night there was a cloud cover and even though the moon eventually emerged from behind the clouds, I could not spot ONE star! We've seen star studded skies in El Centro, but nothing here! So about midnight, K called it a good try and went to bed.

We left Marfa the following day and enjoyed driving through the small town that has kept looking like a small town, in spite of the many hotels/motels that sprung up over the years.


We recalled driving through Marfa several times in years past, and the town is just as picturesque as ever and the countryside is awesome, too.


Our destination was Roswell, New Mexico.

A number of years ago we drove grand kids Paul David and Juliana from Oakland to Chicago and we stopped for a couple of days in Roswell so the kids could visit the museum and learn about the "Aliens." Driving through Roswell brought back some happy memories of that long-ago trip!

We spent the night (Aug. 8) at an RV "Resort" in Roswell


It was the only listing in Woodall's RV camps book, and it was expensive. (Town and Country RV Park.) Having said that, the place was well cared for, clean showers, good WiFi, and laundry.


The folks who work there were extremely friendly and the place was pretty full - with only a few empty spaces. Pool looked inviting - So we were lucky to find a spot! One thing for sure, we saw more imposing signs, advertising the RV park and giving good, clear directions to the entrance.

We've experienced more than one RV park that was almost like a hidden park - no signs to speak of on the highway, so it was a pleasure to see and follow the signs to this place. We enjoyed meeting this visitor in the office:


And another fellow outside:


The pool area:


The following morning we headed for the Albuquerque. The town of Roswell is replete with any number of "aliens" in many places along the main drag!


As we drove along, especially on US-285, were nearly mesmerized by the cloud formations.


This formation made us wonder if the aliens were out today!


Nearly the whole driving was on US-285 - a four-lane, divided highway with LITTLE, very little traffic! That's just the kind of road Kathleen loves! Eventually we reached I-40 that took us to Albuquerque. The traffic was a real change from 285, and at one spot it was "back up"


Actually, our RV park today is in the little town of Tijeras, and the park is truly nestled in the mountain-like area just off I-40. (Hidden Valey RV Park.) Traffic was heavy. LOTS of big trucks. Not a happy ending of the day for K. For Paul, he says it's all in a day's work. Good for him. He drives well and is a better driver than I am a passenger!

A very agreeable and helpful Assistant Manager greeted us and got us set up in a nice spot.


Whenever we have good Internet reception, we declare a place "fine" - and regardless of anything else, it is acceptable!


On Suday, 8/10 Paul unhooked the Honda and we drove about 16 miles to a very nice Costco. (We had run out of fresh fruit, so stocked up for the next couple of days!)

A post script to this posting:

Yesterday we learned that a cousin and her friend traveled down to Florida for a short vacation. One of thire activities was to rent a canoe and paddle down one of the rivers.

They rented a canoe and began paddling down the river. After awhile a crocodile half climbed into the canoe and grabbed our cousin's leg. Big bites on her thigh and calf.

Now comes the part that is so remarkable. Both young women maintained calm. Andrea's leg was bleeding profusely. As soon as she called 911, Andrea's friend asked her - "Do you think you can paddle back?" The answer was "Yes" so both girls pushed that canoe as fast as they were able.

In a short time they heard and saw a helicopter hovering above the - and shortly here came several other canoes with a paramedic who reached into the canoe and bound Andrea's leg. When they reached the canoe place, the helicopter was waiting to fly Andrea to the hospital.

Happy ending: She has been dismissed by the hospital, has her mom (a nurse) at her side and is on her way back to Ohio.

What amazes us is the calm and coolness exhibited by these 20 year old women.... they did not jump up in the canoe, nor rock it (possibly ending up with an overturned canoe and two young women who might not have lived to see a new day.) How incredible! All the family and friends are so grateful to have the ladies safe!


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