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 in Buckskin State Park, AZ 5/10/06
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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.

8/11/14 - Holbrook, AZ
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The folks at the Hidden Valley RV Park (where we spent the past two nights) were very kind to us. We recently signed on with an organization that sounded somewhat like "Passport America" - that, with membership, provides RV Parks across the country that will take 50% off the "asking price" for overnight stays. For various reasons, we dropped membership with Passport America and contented ourselves with memberships in "Escapees" and "Good Sam."

This new company, Great Escapes, promised much of what Passport America offered, with a few perks here and there. Only problem is that not all of the RV parks Great Escapes have listed on their website, have ever heard of Great Escapes! So when we presented ourselves to the Hidden Valley RV Park, the manager told us we were the second couple trying to use membership in Great Escapes --- only NO ONE at Hidden Valley RV Park had ever been contacted by Great Escapes, and therefore, not being part of that group, could not offer us the discount Great Escapes indicated was ours.

Happily for us, we are also members of "Escapees" (we recently visited the "home base" of Escapees in Texas) and the Escapees 15% discount was available. In fact, the assistant manager even gave us more than a 15% discount. We were grateful for her assistance and understanding. (BTW, we have cancelled the Great Escapees membership, and hope we receive our refund, as advertised by them.)

We enjoyed our time at the Hidden Valley RV Park. It's really "hidden" from the freeway, and hugs a hill with plenty of RV sites! The place is really nice but unfortunately something happened to their "water well" for the upper section (where we were) so we were without water for the time we were there. Thankfully, we had enough water in our tank, so it was not an inconvenience.

We pulled out of "Hidden Valley" on the 11th and headed for Arizona! Other than Albuquerque traffic, I-40 had little traffic through New Mexico! Most every overpass had interesting "art work" Many of the freeways have some part of the highway painted Turquoise!

Others have paintings or other designs.

We entered Arizona and had a traffic-free ride down I-40 to the "OK RV Park" in Holbrook, AZ.

The scenery in this western part of New Mexico was intoxicating! Kathleen took nearly 60 pictures of the mountains, mesas, rock formations, etc! Here are just a few:

And the clouds were beautiful!

The many Indian arts and craft stores were all along the highway.

Since we left Albuquerque at 9am, we reached Holbrook at 1pm! And we did not hurry, enjoying the scenery all the way!

After we parked the RV in the large campground here, K was able to get a load of laundry done, and do a little exploring of this very large campground. It is set up to host motorhome caravans. We wonder if Adventure Caravans ever stop here on one of their many trips. Right next to the Office is a petrified wood exhibit! Just a peek at the wood.

The laundry room has plenty of washers and dryers for groups who stop here.

The showers and bathrooms are also able to accommodate large groups.

After the "picture taking" around the camp, we had time to get on the Internet, and prepare a good dinner of fresh salmon (purchased at Albuquerque Costco), a hearty salad and a potato patty for each of us.

The evening is just beginning, and we hoped for a brilliant sunset, but must content ourselves with a nice, soft, pink horizon!

Tomorrow we hope to reach Kingman, AZ and with that, we will begin to feel that "home" is not too far away!

Each day we realize how lucky we are. We have YOUNG cousins who are battling some serious physical challenges. We have friends who continue to challenge cancer and keep up such a good fight. We have two young grand girls who have become involved in triathlons at their young age, and put out so much energy, that we are blown away with them. We must admit that eldest daughter Kitty (the Ironman Triathlete) has inspired them to enter these triathlons......

When Kathleen rode her bicycle across the country to celebrate her 70th birthday, little did she realize that she'd be followed, in short order with all 3 daughters (Kitty, Christina and Michelle) who would out swim, out hike, out run, and out bike her ... not only that, but their children would take up the mantle and amaze us all with their achievements!

And then we read about Angel, Emily and Andrea and how they have taken on the mantle and lead us all - each in her own way, but strong, able and courageous in so many different ways .... I wonder how proud our grandmother, the scion of us all, would be to know what she started.......

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5/19 - AS YOU LIVE your values, your sense of identity, integrity, control, and inner-directedness will infuse you with both exhilaration and peace. You will define yourself from within, rather than by people's opinions or by comparisons to others.
Ironically, you'll find that as you care less about what others think of you, you will care more about what others think of themselves and their worlds, including their relationship with you. You'll no longer build your emotional life on other people's weaknesses. In addition, you'll find it easier and more desirable to change because there is something--some core deep within--that is essentially changeless.
- from 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
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