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.

Saturday, October 16, 2004 - BOLA to Ensenada
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Yesterday morning we prepared for our trip North by fueling up at the local gasoline man. He dispenses the gasoline from large containers. Just across the road from him are the beginnings of a new Pemex station. This station was supposed to open last April, but it is no way near being ready to open. We were grateful for this friendly vendor, and especially grateful that we were able to fill our tank before heading out. The closest Pemex, we were told, was nearly 200 miles to the north. (I do not think it was quite that far, as sometimes one or more stations between Bahia de los Angeles and El Rosarito will have some gasoline.

Our drive up was, thank God, without incident, and we made fairly good time. Paul does not drive fast, thank you, and we were able to again enjoy the fantastic Rock Garden in the Catavina area, and the many varieties of cactus (cirio trees, giant cardon cacti and the giant elephant trees, to name a few.)

We stopped for lunch at Mamma Espinoso's - and enjoyed her fine fare. After lunch we stopped at the Pemex station and gassed up before heading for San Quentin where we hoped to spend the night.

On the way from the States to Bahia de los Angeles, we looked for a particular campground in the San Quentin area, but were unable to follow the directions provided by someone on a forum we are on. This time we were determined to find it. We drove, looking carefully for landmarks, and for a sign indicating the RV park. We were well into San Quentin when we decided that we certainly had passed the entrance (again)! So we turned around and drove ever so carefully, looking and re-checking our notes and books. We eventually found ourselves on what looked like a road to no where. It was a dusty, rough road and NO sign to guide us. We stopped when a car passed us and stopped, too. The driver was also looking for the place, and described the road into the park as one lined with tall trees. As we looked south, we were able to detect a row of trees. Might this be the road? We continued on the washboard of a road as busload after busload of farm workers rattled along, carrying their tired workers back to their homes. When we eventually reached a paved road that ran perpendicular to the one we were traversing, we made a right turn (the road soon became dirt, rock, wash board) but we continued on and sure enough, we eventually reached Hotel/Restaurant/RV Park Rancho Cielito Lindo. In our book, the place promises hook-ups, flush toilets and hot showers.

The RV site was very good, nice and flat and close to what looked more like nice motel rooms. We enjoyed watching a lovely sunset


We elected to go over to the restaurant for some cracked crab for which the restaurant is famous. How surprised we were to find that the decor of the restaurant was Japanese! It was a very imposing place, and we enjoyed the plate of cracked crab we shared.

Saturday morning we took off soon after finding out that the showers had no water (let alone hot water!) So we headed toward the Ensenada area, looking for an RV place that HAD hot showers.

We followed the road that led to Mexico 1 and satisfied ourselves that there were NO signs along this route to indicate that Cielito Lindo RV Park was just down the road! We were able to enjoy what my Mom would call the romantish look of the tree-lined road -

and looking back toward the RV camp -

The drive through the mountains north of San Vicente was impressive. We were grateful that there were not as many large trucks on the road as we have seen previously.

The city of Ensenada, as usual, was like a zoo, but we were happy to find a supermarkedo at which we stocked up on needed supplies.

From Ensenada, we headed north, to the little town of La Salina where there is an RV campground, San Miguel (at which there is also a nice restaurant by the same name). This little area has developed into the Village of San Miguel and there are many permanent places here. We saw permanent sites for RVs and for summer homes. We are right on the water; known as Bahia de Todos Santos and it looks like it is a favorite of wind surfers.

We enjoyed a very nice dinner at the restaurant, which has great views of the water.

Besides the delicious food, we were impressed with this beautiful stained glass window.

On another wall was this unusual painting.

Both pieces of art are from 1998. On the right of the heart was the following (in English).

I want to be myself completely. I want to be free from the shackles of the past. I want to consider myself new, whole and completely unowned. I want the truth. I want my freedom. I want my dreams to be alive. I want all the time in the world for being inside of love in the sun of beautiful days. I want to dance in the sun and shine in the eyes of God. I want the care of my friends and a very special romance. I promise to God that for these things I will give them in return, because that is the secret to happiness.

The left side of the painting had the same in Spanish.

We had been promised hot showers, and I am happy to report that, even though the condition of the banos left a bit to be desired, the water was plentiful and hot! (Oh happy day!)

Believe it or not, as we sit here at our respective computers, we are listening to the Cal Bears/UCLA football game (being played in Berkeley, California!)

Paul, Kathleen and Jerry, Too (Score: Cal-45 and UCLA-28 -- Yeah! Go Bears!)

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