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. Lazy Daze no 2 at Kiki's RV Park in San Felipe, Mexico 7/02/09
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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.

February - Finishing Up
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With the completion of the work on the apartment, we began packing up our things and getting the motor home ready for travel. However, our daughter Kitty was participating in another Triathlon. This one was held in Havana, Cuba – and was the first time in memory that Cuba invited American athletes to participate. Kitty was ready and anxious to participate. None of us were able to attend – this was just BEFORE travel between Cuba and the US was declared. Not being able to serve as her “cheering team” we took a quick picture of the bunch of us to encourage our athlete!

Internet coverage of the triathlon in Cuba was non existent, but a good friend of Kitty’s (and an athlete herself) was able to make a contact that she shared with us which enabled us to discover that Kitty took first place in the women’s competition … not just in her age group; in all age groups. What an experience for her! She posted some thoughts about her race that are quite descriptive of her feelings…. see bottom of page...

Here is a picture of the medal each athlete who completed the swim, bike and run AND who crossed the finish line by midnight received!

With that bit of excitement realized and celebrated, we did finally gather our belongings together and say “Goodbye” to our long-suffering hosts, who could finally reclaim their back yard!

We suspect that many of the neighors in this lovely little town were happy to see the backyard in a more "natural" apperance! And perhaps some wondered if we'd EVER move on! Along the side of the house we found lily of the valley growing - you can also see the walk that sits, waiting for commpletion.

On February 19th we took to the highway. We headed east until we reached CA-99 and headed south, stopping for some diesel then continuing on south on 99 until we reached highway 145 that took us to CA-41. Driving along 99 we noticed field after field of fruit trees in bloom. The picture was taken from a moving vehicle, and leaves something to be desired!

The drive on 41 was not too long, nor as fearsome as Kathleen recalled from five years ago! The turn off for the Park is not well marked, but we paid close attention to the directions provided by the Park, and made a successful left turn into Road 416 and the entrance to Park Sierra – our home for the next three months.

Hdre's the patio next to the motorhome.

We enjoy walking through the park - it is spread out into 5 distinct living areas. One hundred sixty-one acres make up this idylic park, with unique sites -

The weather is more cool than we imagined, but we do have lovely, sunny days, with some rainy days mixed in!

The tiny town of Coarsegold is a hop-skip and a jump away, but the larger town of Oakhurs is about 7 miles north of Coarsegold. Both towns are a convenient distance from us.

Our storm has passed, and the rainbow is bright and promising. For us two old toads, living in an Escapee RV Park in Coarsegold, CA is great. There is not a lot to see in Coarsegold, but we do want to walk around the town when the weather warms up a bit. We really haven't seen much of anything "in town" becuase we haven't stopped to walk around. There is a nice market (small by big city standards) the little market at which we have stopped has a nice supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and is only 5 miles from the Park.

We expect to spend the next few months here to rejuvenate our bodies and our spirits! Ninety days is the maximum one can stay at any Escapee Park, so in May we’ll be hoping for a new place closer to the Bay Area where we hope to spend a few years.

When one attains the status of “senior citizen” there is strong reason to expect life to “slow down” (as does the body) – and for the past 6 months or so, we’ve done just the opposite. We enjoyed 12 years “on the road” as the luckiest couple we can imagine. The 6 months behind us have just about worn one or other (or both) of us “down.” We’ve weathered the storm. For the past few days we have relaxed, read, and enjoyed ourselves. We have yet to walk through this beautiful area. Park Sierra is called one of the most beautiful RV Parks. We are situated high on a wooded hill, overlooking some gorgeous countryside. When we drive north to Coarsegold or to Oakhurst, from highway 41, we can see our rig on the top of the hill! It’s a beautiful and peaceful sight!

The other day we drove to Clovis where we shopped at Costco! (Yes, there’s one there, as is a Trader Joe’s – our two favorite shopping places!) There’s a large, impressive shopping center here, Sierra Vista Mall.

Here we stopped to see a wonderful movie: “McFarland, USA.” If you get the chance, see it. It is a movie for a family to see. It is so uplifting and inspiring.

We have friendly neighbors here, and in this unique RV Park, no sites are too close to one another. A large Club House accommodates indoor activities in the Park. Close by the Club House we found this charming series of “water falls” with appropriate “fowl.”

For right now, we’re glad to be here. We are so grateful for all the help and work Paul Jr. contributed to our cause. To say “Thanks” to Chet and Chris is monumental; their generosity and hospitality know no bounds. Visiting with friends in the Bay Area and seeing our grandkids (some of them) was a “shot in the arm.” So we are again, in a “good place.” Our good fortune for the past 12 years, in particular, may have been so good and so happy, that perhaps these past 6 months of worry and more manual labor than we’ve had in awhile were beneficial in the long run! Perhaps they have brought us back to realizing how blessed and lucky we are, and have been.

Click Here to Read Kitty's Super Write Up of Her Triathlon in Cuba

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