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
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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.


Flying J TruckStop/Nephi, Utah 8/23/12
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We didn't plan on having a long drive today - and that's good, because we did not leave Fossil RV Park until 10:00 am! We both were surprised at the time, and can offer no excuse for our being so unaware of time other than we were "working on our computers"!

But get away we did, and followed US-191 due west until we reached Roosevelt, UT where we headed south west, still on US-191. We followed a sort of "valley" between to hills (mountains?) It was so lovely; however, oil wells have sprouted up along the drive, and we can only imagine what this beautiful place will look like in 20 years. (Hopefully the locals will come to a point where they say "No more oil wells! --- But perhaps that's wishful thinking.)


The drive along US-191 enters the Ashley National Forest. We passed so many outstanding sights, that the plethora of photos will be a reminder to us of this beautiful drive.

So here are a few sights that we enjoyed along US-191 (going south) today:








At one point we were so high, and the drop off (on Kathleen's side) was so sheer, that she began to wonder if today's ride would be a repeat of the road across Rocky Mountain National Park. Most people who make that Rocky Mountain drive speak in glowing terms of their drive. Don't ask Kathleen about her feelings regarding that Rocky Mountain Road!

As we drove along we noticed white steam raising ... nothing to do with oil drilling. What could it be? It was a power plant. A big, busy power plant!


The plant is situated very close to the junction of US-191 and UT-6. A look at the map shows this road as a "scenic road" --- and scenic it was! Paul must take credit for today's ride. He picked out UT-6 because it was marked on the map as a scenic drive. We have found out that some times what is listed in the Atlas as "scenic" is not at all scenic (to us), but other roads, not so marked are truly magnificent!


Just past the power plant, and on UT-6 we found a large pull-out. We got out of the motor home to look at some plaques lined up along the parking area. There we saw four memorials.




Text of memorial:
Castle Gate Mine Disaster
At 8:30 a.m., March 8, 1924, an explosion occurred in the Castle Gate No. 2 Mine, located one half mile to the southeast of this site, instantly killing 171 miners. Rescue teams were rushed to Castle Gate from the surrounding mines. Wearing oxygen-breathing apparatus, the crews initially made explorations in the main haulage road, but no bodies were found. Repairs were started on the caved haulage road portal, this being necessary on account of gas issuing from this point. During one of these exploration trips, George Wilson, aged 29, married, Captain of the Standardville No.1 Rescue Team, was killed by inhalation of carbon monoxide, caused by the removal his nose clip on the breathing apparatus.
The majority of miners killed were immigrants. Fifty-seven of the miners were single, 115 were married. They left 417 dependents, including 241 children and 25 expectant mothers. Nearly all of the miners were buried in the Price City Cemetery.
This historical marker was dedicated on October 3, 1987 in memory of the 172 courageous miners killed in this disaster and their families.
Presented By:
"Friends of Carbon - Emery County Historical Sites"

The plaque below this lists all 172 miners killed in the disaster.
Castle Gate Mine Explosion

The other mine disaster memorialized was this:


Willow Creek Mine Disaster

And this memorial marks an anniversary -


We left this somber scene, with heartfelt sorrow for all those affected by these mine disasters, and in gratitude for the heroism of so many. We personally are not in favor of coal as a source of energy. Even so, we realize that many of these miners needed a job, and a job in the mine was about all they could obtain. How very sad.

We have witnessed what the race for more energy is doing to people, to our land, and to the entire environment. Would that we had the wisdom of Solomon - just no easy answers.

Our continuing ride along UT-6 gave us another opportunity to see the beauty of this state.




To us it looks as though the trains don't have a lot of room to pass through these small tunnels!


And all through Utah we see the reds and tans of the soil - how fascinating!


In time we left the mountains - and what beauties they were! Provo Utah is not far north, but we elected to head south on I-15 as far as Nephi where we found a "Flying J" truck stop. We will boon dock here for the night, and tomorrow we expect to be in Nevada.




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