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 at Kirk Creek Camp 11/24/03
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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.


4/23/15 - Park Sierra
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A few short days ago we were in the Bay Area …. We didn’t spend much time there, and were headed back to Coarsegold before a week was up.

While we were away, the annual “Stagecoach Days Event” began at Park Sierra. The regulars around here look forward to 5 days of camaraderie, fun and games, renewing friendships and enjoying their decision to have a piece of property here in one of the most beautiful RV parks in the foothills of the Sierras.
When we returned to Park Sierra while the Western Days Event was in celebration, here are a few sights that greeted us:

– The artist who painted this “Howdy” picture also painted several more that adorn the park.

We’re not sure why there’s a “jail” for this celebration. The several times we walked past, we never saw anyone incarcerated!
The interior of the club house was appropriately decorated in a “western” theme. Note the large “boots” and “cowboy hat” hanging from the upper loft.

Entering the building, this beautiful bouquet could be enjoyed by all.

Whenever we chance to visit this place, the popcorn maker makes us hunger for some popcorn – notice how affordable is a bag of popcorn!

Nearly every day the two of us take a walk around the park. As we “stroll” along there’s always some interesting flowers to view. One of our neighbors identified these as “rock roses” – even though we have not been able to find “rock roses” on the Internet, we’ll call them rock roses too, and enjoy them regardless of their official name.

These lovely lavender flowers almost seem “wild” as we see them in so many places here at the park.

Many residents have pets – mostly dogs and/or cats. We think this is a pretty cute sign along the road …. No doubt somewhere else in the park there’s a like sign for dogs.

Along the main road coming into the park residents have planted a nice variety of plants/flowers. The sedum ground cover is about gone, although these California poppies are in full bloom…

As one enters the park there are several “slow” signs that we’ve seen in many other parks/neighborhoods. Note the “beard” and “cane” this fellow sports! It is an appropriate introduction to a "Senior Citizens Park!"

We, like folks in many parts of California, are pining for rain. Last week our intrepid weather forecaster, strongly indicated that we could look forward to maybe even 3 days of “thunder showers, and R-A-I-N.” It’s been 3 days, and we are still looking for rain. As I write, the sun is shining and the sky is quite blue. The drought seems to get worse as the days go on.

A few days ago I chanced upon an article written by a fellow traveler (I regret not making a copy of that writer’s URL) and cannot find it. However, it was written several years ago and told about the birds and animals he found here in the park; for example DEER!! We suspect that with the dry weather we’ve been having for several years, the deer population has moved to …… where? Anyway, we have yet to see a deer. Perhaps they have escaped to be closer to Yosemite – up in the mountains where there MIGHT be a semblance of some water …. It’s a mystery to us.
We do have ground squirrels though, and the other day Paul called me to our bedroom window, out of which we saw this little family of squirrels (ground squirrels?)





and perhaps this is the whole family (at least that’s all we saw emerge from their underground home!

Our daily jaunt takes us along the “fire road” from which we see several sites. This particular place intrigues us for its location.

The fire road traverses some peaceful scenes.

It isn't a long hike along the fire road, and we did try to lengthen our hike by going off the road and over and across some hills .... at my age, going down a steep hill on my rear is not something I enjoy. (No pictures from that!)
We have almost another month in this area, and hopefully we'll go "off course" again to find other vistas and hills to challenge us!




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