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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.

3/25/04 - Whale HO! - Guerrero Negro Whale Tour
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Today we are happy and proud to introduce a delightful couple – Jim and Sherryll Compton. Sherryll always has a smile on her face and is a joy to be around. Jim compliments her pleasant nature, and is a great fisherman as well.

Jim and Sherryll are fulltime RV’ers who spend their summers in Seattle, Washington and who head south to Arizona for a drier winter. They have been married for 47 years.

Jim retired from the University of Washington Maintenance Department in 1992. Sherryll “retired” from her fulltime nursing career in 1999. She still enjoys working per diem in the cardiac surgery unit of Swedish Medical Center while in Seattle.

Their family consists of two daughters, Melinda and Tamara, and son, Kevin. They are the lucky grandparents of eight grandchildren who range in age from 18 to 25.

For leisure activities they are avid square and round dancers. Jim was a square dance caller for 25 years!

3/25/04 - Guerrero Negro Whale Tour

Today was the day I have been looking forward to most since deciding to come on this adventure.

We were picked up at the RV Park in a small bus and taken to the office of Laguna Tours for a brief orientation and lecture on gray whales. We learned that these are indeed incredible animals. Their migration from the cold waters of the Bering Sea to the warm water of Mexico is over 6,000 miles. They travel at an average speed of 7-18 kilometers per hour. They arrive in December and leave in March or April. The purpose of this extraordinary journey is mating and birthing. Another astonishing fact is that they eat very little on this entire long journey. Adult gray whales measure 45-55 feet in length and can weigh up to 40 tons. A baby at birth is 13-17 feet long and weighs 1,600-2,200 pounds. At the end of lactation (6-9 months) baby’s weight is around 17,000 pounds.

We were told that on the Baja there are three areas to which the whales migrate. Magdalena Bay, San Ignacio Lagoon and here in Ojo de Libre Lagoon. More whales come to Ojo de Libre and 2,000 gray whales were counted this year.

Armed with this information and a copy of regulations we were driven out to the dock. Once there we were outfitted with life jackets and rain slickers.

Then we were ready to board our panga boats. These are wooden, fiber glassed boats with Yamaha outboard motors. Each boat held eight people.

It was about a ½ hour run out to the lagoon.

Everyone’s eyes were peeled scanning the water’s surface for “blow spouts” or any other sign of whale activity. Initially, it seemed all we would see was a fin, a blow spout or side of a whale some distance from our boat.

However, it wasn’t long until the whales were almost close enough to touch. In fact, some people did manage to touch a whale.

Such huge, incredible creatures, larger than our boats were surfacing alongside. Both mother and baby would swim close to and at times even under our boat.

Our boat operator would put the motor in neutral to allow us to get as close as possible. At times we were sprayed as a whale surfaced and exhaled close by.

After a couple of hours it was time to leave this fascinating natural show and return to the dock. But there was still more to see!

As we were returning to the dock, a tug boat was heading out and frolicking in the spray were three porpoises.

Yes, yes, we know these ae seals not whales, nor the porposises. We also saw these creatures enjoying themselves, too!

Although the weather was mostly overcast with few sun breaks, this has been one of the best days of our adventure!

... One last scene of a wonder-full day!

Sherryll Compton

PS by Paul Smith:

So we're in the boat and I'm looking over the right side and I can see the whales coming to the surface right next to our boat. So I tell all and most rush to the right side of the boat.

The boat tilts so far I'm concened it might be swamped (I was later told there was only about 3 inches of freeboad) so I move to the left side to right it a bit.

Now I'm torn. Kathleen is hanging over the right side screaming and calling out "come here baby' "come here baby" to the baby whales (although "baby" hardly seems the right word for something as big as a car). I'm torn between helping keep the boat afloat and keeping Kathleen in the boat. So I stay on the left and reach as far as I can to grab the tie on Kathleen's life jacket - at which time John Avera behind me sezs (in his laconic Alabama accent) - "Paul, are you pullin' or pushin'" :>)

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