The Post That Kept Changing

As I go through my weekends, I generally start to write my posts in my head as we do things.  Not whole paragraphs or anything but lines about different things I see.  I try to then take a picture to help me remember or sometimes I will jot a note in my phone.  Somewhere along the line the name for the post comes into play and I usually get pretty excited.  I like the “First” time doing anything and the best weekends are the ones where I have so many firsts I need to pick one.  This weekend was a little different though.  The post was going to be “First Time in Tahoe”, but that didn’t happen, then it was going to be First Time Riding the Biz Johnson Trail”, but that didn’t happen either.  I’ll tell you why in a bit.

First the week.  Things went well.  I had some work things going on and Lee spent a ton of time working on the second video for Howard and Linda.  We were happy to find out that the first one, an intro to their website, was well received at their most recent rally and as soon as he makes a few tweaks for Howard that one will be done.  The second one is on their Utility Body Werks Hauler bed and is more video than pictures which is actually less edit intensive.  Since he is doing this editing in our rig, I am seeing first hand how much goes into these videos and it can be fun to watch.  I did tell Linda though this week that at one point I had him put on headphones because I simply couldn’t listen to the same audio clip for the 50th time lol.  I am not sure how he has the patience for it, but I do believe it is not unlike composing music where every single note counts.  I also found time to work on both my new resume and my consulting website.  I would like to have both of these done by the end of next week, although that may be too aggressive a timeline, and Cori has been very helpful for both processes in giving me an objective “hiring manager” opinion.  It’s nice to have friends!  I also had a really long talk with my friend Dr. Jo about how things were going with the transition and she was also very helpful.  I didn’t really want to talk to her in a professional capacity because I didn’t want to impose on our friendship, but after talking to Kyrston my oldest one morning I realized I was being an idiot.  I am lucky enough to have a friend who is also a psychologist a little over an hour away from me during what is arguably the biggest transition I have been through since becoming a mother and I am not talking to her…just dumb.  And of course she was happy to help, I think her attitude was a bit “What took you so long?,” but she understood I needed time to come to it on my own.  She was great about validating the importance of what I was going through and let me know the warning signs I should keep an eye out for if things were getting too overwhelming.  She also approved the tactic I have been taking of making sure every day I do something that is for my new life.  I am making sure I don’t overdo it, but every day I work on something for the consulting business, this website, or work kamping.  So despite the short paragraph above, it was a very full week for the both of us and we were really looking forward to the weekend.  

A couple of things happened near the end of the week that I should talk about though.  Fair warning, the first one is about poop, so if you have a delicate stomach you may want to skip this paragraph.  Part of living in a camper is becoming well acquainted with your poop.   You deal with it when you dump your tanks, you deal with it in the toilet bowl (water pressure doesn’t flush like a home toilet), and if you are work kamping you probably deal with it when cleaning the restrooms.  And after a month, we finally ran  into a messy bathroom situation.  Lee was down cleaning the restrooms and one of them had poop all over the toilet seat, on the floor and even on the wall some.  He thought it looked like someone had not quite made it to the toilet and as he stared at the mess several things went through his mind.  He thought there should be limits to what volunteers were asked to do; he wondered if he should call the BLM maintenance person to handle it; and of course he was aggravated because someone left this mess in the first place. Then he thought about how nice this job has been, what a great deal overall it has been for us, and the fact that we knew this might happen eventually.  What decided him was the fact that you can’t say you are willing to do the unpleasant job and then not do it, so armed with bleach, gloves, and a long handled scrubber brush he dealt with it. I was proud of him, and hoped that when my time came I would handle it as graciously.  I didn’t think it would be the very next day, but there it was.  I made the rounds and one of the close bathrooms and one of the farther away bathrooms had poop all over the toilet seats.  And of course I didn’t like it, but I did what needed to be done.    I don’t think in either case it was deliberate maliciousness, but let’s see how common this will be.  Three times in one weekend is a bit concerning.  I am talking about this because  I want to give a well-rounded account of our experiences and that would be a deal breaker for some people. I will say though if you are unwilling to clean bathrooms it will severely limit your work kamping choices.

The second thing that happened was I started to get some fuzzy vision in my right eye.  Over 5 years ago I had an eye surgery called PRK (like Lasik but more intense) that completely changed my life.  I went from “coke bottle” thick glasses to no corrective lenses at all and although I have always known it wouldn’t last forever it was worth every dollar spent.  I do get nervous about my vision though and really felt after several days I needed to get it checked out.  Susanville is a very small town and there is only one optometrist here and he doesn’t take Aetna insurance.  But I have a bunch of money in an HSA account and although he doesn’t normally take new patients they made me an appointment at the end of Thursday.  He did a very thorough examination and determined I was getting a sty (pimple on the inner eyelid) and then gave me suggestions on over the counter drops to us.  He also recommended the 20/20/20 rule since I work on the computer so much which is every 20 minutes take a break and blink 20 times and then stare at least 20 yards away for a few minutes.  According to him you normally blink 20 times minute normally, only 10 times when watching TV, and only 5 times when working on the computer.  This leads to dry eyes which is exacerbated by the arid conditions here in Susanville.  I felt much better after talking to him and felt the $94 dollars was reasonable for the time he spent with me.  I do need to get a prescription eye exam and he couldn’t fit me in for 1-1/2 months and we will be gone then.  So I will make a trip to Reno for that visit and get my glasses there.  One thing I have noticed about small town doctors is they are not lacking in work.  I couldn’t get one dentist in town to accept a new patient and even the MD’s seemed overbooked.  Luckily we are close enough to Reno that there are tons of doctors there and more have openings.

So, we were really looking forward to the weekend and our long awaited trip to Tahoe.  I have wanted to go there every since Lee came home from a work trip about 20 years ago and said I would love it.  But when we were getting ready in the morning it started to sprinkle.  No big deal I thought, it never rains here and even if it’s here it won’t be there.  Well, Lee checked the weather and it was going to rain all day and there were even flash flood warnings.  So we decided that we would wait until another day.  We could even go during the week when my job ends.  Instead we decided to ride the Bizz Johnson trail on Sunday.  On occasion Lee takes bikes up the trail for groups (using the BLM truck and trailer), and he was scheduled to make the trip on Sunday with a group from Reno.  We thought we would take our bikes along as well and bike the 26 miles back, then take our truck up and retrieve the BLM truck.  I was a bit nervous about a 26 mile bike ride since I have never done one but wanted to experience the fall colors and get some shots of the trail.  So Saturday we were at loose ends and I went back to my initial list of things to do.  Luckily I had one rainy day activity and we drove down to Reno to see Harrah’s automobile collection.  Lee loves car collections and since it was only $10 I thought “Why not give it a shot?”.  Well I am really glad we did.  We had some initial trouble finding it, despite its name it is not in the Harrah’s casino, but a few streets down. It was really great.  According to the signs it is considered one of the top 5 museums in the country and I really enjoyed it.  The collection focused less on cars of famous people, although they had some of those, and more on the history of the automobile.  Plus along the way they had some beautiful displays of clothing from the different eras.  Smart really, giving the women something to look at, but to my surprise I also really enjoyed the cars.  Each sign had some really interesting information on the cars from the progression of how it   impacted the automotive industry.  We spent over two hours there and I completely recommend it for a rainy day.  I learned a lot and definitely was not bored.

1892 Phillion only one care produced

1892 Phillion only one care produced

Beautiful wedding dress

Beautiful wedding dress

I was fascinated by the small windshields in the older models

I was fascinated by the small windshields in the older models

Each section of the museum was from a similar time period. This 40's era street was cool

Each section of the museum was from a similar time period. The black car was Sinatra’s.

Lee checking out one of Sinatra's car...he's happy

Lee checking out 1961 “Frank Sinatra” Ghia

They let you sit in this one so of course I had to dress up. I can see me tooling around in one of these

They let you sit in this one so of course I had to dress up. I can see me tooling around in one of these

1914 Detroit electric car

1914 Detroit electric car

Check out the battery bank.

Check out the battery bank.

I liked the displays of stockings

I liked the displays of stockings

And handbags

And handbags

One of our favorites a, Airmobile prototype which got over 90 miles to the gallon

One of our favorites was the  Airmobile prototype which consistently got over 80 miles to the gallon

The back was really cool with it's aerodynamic styling

The back was really cool with it’s aerodynamic styling

The 1936 DeSoto taxicab was one of my favorites

The 1936 DeSoto taxicab was one of my favorites

This 1921 Kampkar was amazing. It had a bed and eating area

This 1921 Kampkar was amazing. It had a bed and eating area

The 1921 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce was amazing. This one was made of solid plates of copper

The 1921 Silver Ghost Rolls Royce was amazing. This one was made of solid plates of copper

My personal favorite was this 1936 Mercedes Benz...wow

My personal favorite was this 1936 Mercedes Benz…built for Princess Nina Mdviani

This 1947 volkswagen didn't look that much different than my first car

This 1947 volkswagen didn’t look that much different than my first car

This was Elvis's car until he gave it to his Karate instructor

This was Elvis’s car until he gave it to his long time karate instructor

John Wayne's car. Can't really see the Duke riding in this

John Wayne’s 1953 Chevy.   Can’t really see the Duke riding in this

Lee loved the sliding doors on this model

Lee loved the sliding doors on this 1954 Kaiser-Darren

Afterwards we decided to go to In and Out burger.  I have heard about them but never been to one and since Lee loves them wanted to try it.  I love award shows and I always hear actresses talking about how they go in their expensive dresses to In and Out burger and the lengths they go to to protect those dresses.  I understand why now.  The burger is a good greasy and actually comes in a paper envelope to help you eat it.  Unfortunately I really hated the fact that the bread was crunchy all around the edge.  Other than that it was good but the bread ruined it for me.  Lee was happy though and I at least I know what all the fuss is about.

In and Out burger Reno

In and Out burger Reno

Despite the line service was pretty fast

Despite the line service was pretty fast

Here's mine

Here’s mine

Because it was so packed we had parked in the 7/11 next door.  We both felt a little guilty about that since signs were posted  but its hard to get the truck into just any parking space.  Lee decided to buy gas there since we needed it anyways and that made us a customer, but immediately after fueling up the engine started acting funny.  Aside from a poor initial alignment, we have thankfully had zero issues with the truck, but the engine started hesitating when Lee was giving it gas.  We made it back to Susanville, but were concerned and when he had trouble starting the truck that night, we decided to take it into the Ford dealership on Monday.  Thankfully for the first time in my life, I had loaded up on warranties on this vehicle.  We bought both the Premium Maintenance Plan – 72 month 125,000 miles for $3150 (which covers all of our routine maintenance including oil changes)  and the Premium Care extended warranty 72 month 125,000 miles $3396 (which covers over 500 items, including brake pads and loaner cars).  Yes, I know that’s a high price tag but I don’t regret it at all.  The peace of mind for 6 years is more than worth it and I had my eye down the road when our income might be much less.  But unfortunately we had to cancel the Biz Johnson trail ride because we didn’t want to drive the truck away from town 26 miles, just in case.  So Sunday was a football day…loved the Patriots/Colts game, and on the plus side now we have some activities to do after I leave my full time job.  This whole thing might be the universe’s way of looking out for me, since a couple of nice activities might just be what I need to help with the transition.  And I’ll let you know what happens with the truck repairs.

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First Time in Reno

This is a long one, you might want to grab a cup of coffee!

Although I had tons of work this week, it’s my year end close, we still found some time to help out the young people from the American Conservation Experience who are working this week on cleaning up the trail.  I did have some reservations about 7 kids in their early 20’s staying that close to us, but after 9 days I can say I was pleasantly surprised.   They are up early, out working all day, and very quiet when they are around camp.  As a group they are all very friendly but also respectful of our space.  Lee got to spend the most time with them this week as he spent some time shooting footage of  them as they cleaned up the trail.  He’s producing a short video about the project for Stan to use and the kids were more than happy to be a part of it.  Also one night the battery on their truck died and Lee and I drove on the fire road down to where they were working and gave them a jump.  The Bizz Johnson Trail is really something.  It is 36 miles of rail trail converted into a bike path and some of the scenery is just beautiful.  Plus there are some really neat tunnels cut into the hills surrounding us, and we will definitely be going farther up the trail with our camera to take some pictures.

The way the kids schedule works is 9 days on and 5 days off, so Wednesday night was the end of the first 9 day stint.  Then they go back to the Lake Tahoe headquarters and rest and have fun, then come back for here for another 9 day stretch.  Since not everyone is necessarily coming back to this location, Lee decided he wanted to fix them dinner.  Since work was nuts, I was ok with that but said cooking and cleaning was up to him, which he readily agreed to.  He made hot dogs and brats and I made some strawberry pound cake for everyone with home made whipped cream.  As a side note I have never made whipped cream before but it is easy and yummy.  A pint of whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla and blend until stiff.  So good…I don’t know if I will ever buy the premade stuff again.  After dinner, Phil the team leader taught us to play a game called stump.  Phil is from Wisconsin and since our new son-in-law is also from there this game makes sense as a Wisconsin game.  You take a tree stump and lightly tap in a long nail for each person.  Then you take a hammer, flip it in your hand, and in one motion try to pound someone else’s nail.  As soon as the nail is completely flat against the stump that person is out.  It is much harder than it sounds and of course putting people out leads to all kinds of hilarity.  I played a round and it was fun but the mother in me rebelled against flipping hammers up in the air that way.  I can definitely see the attraction though for this group since they are often in very remote places for many days.  There are usually stumps and nails are cheap so I get it.  It was fun I have to say and I really enjoyed getting to know them all better.

Strawberry poundcake I made with real whipped cream

Strawberry poundcake I made with real whipped cream

Lee

From Left: Lee, Justin, George, Julius, Grace, Marc,  Phillip, and Gina

Stump

Stump

Since three of them are from other countries (Korea, Germany, and England)  they were very interested in full time RVing and I was equally interested in why they would join a program like this.  Essentially for them it is an opportunity to visit America, work on their English, and get some practical experience in a nature related field.  Overall I was very impressed by every one of them, and even more so when the next morning, after they left, we found a bottle of wine and a card on our picnic table.  If anyone thinks the Millennials are a lost cause as a generation, you might feel differently after you read what the card said:

Lee and Tracy,

“To say that you two were the best camp hosts that we have had would be a massive understatement.  You took the time to get to know each of us on a personal level and brought us motivational treats. You also did countless favors for us over the past nine days, saving our bacon in several instances, and for that we are forever grateful.  It has been an honor and a privilege to have shared this tiny campground that we all pretty much consider our second home.  Both of you are amazing people and you have created a long lasting positive memory in all of us that we will not soon forget.  We would also like to formally welcome you to your new lifestyle and may you never stop exploring and trying new things.”

 The A.C.E Crew

This chokes me up again just typing it.  We didn’t even do that much.  We were just friendly, made them a couple of desserts and a meal, and got to know them.  Anyway, if you ever have a chance to work with these youth organizations,  I really recommend getting to know the kids.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was.

We also got a care package from Lee’s parents which really made it an awesome day.  I love that they collect little things they think we would like and they actually got our address here and paid the $6 to ship them.  This package had collapsible bowls, cocktail napkins for our parties with friends, and some great camping T-Shirts.  Each item was thoughtful, relevant to what we are doing, and in almost every case does two things!!  So nice of them and it meant the world to us!Y018After the kids left things were pretty quiet and we actually got some rain.  One of the interesting things about this part of the country is how many completely cloudless days there are.  On the occasion when it does rain however it rains hard and we pretty much stayed inside.  We both started to get a little antsy about our hair though.  We hadn’t had haircuts since July before the wedding and really were getting shaggy.  Unfortunately Susanville doesn’t offer a hair cutting place that I would even consider so off we went to Reno on Friday afternoon to go to a Super Cuts. I know I’ve said it before but Super Cuts is awesome.  They are extremely clean and consistent across the country plus for $16 you get a nice haircut.  They also carry my hair product and offer an eyebrow wax for $10.  Really can’t beat it.  They have recently added a “call ahead” feature and you can make an appointment the same day which they do a VERY good job of honoring.  So we were in and out of there before 5pm and realized we should probably take advantage of our time in Reno.

Lee and I like to gamble, strictly for fun, on occasion, so I was very interested in checking out the casinos in Reno and seeing if we could actually have any fun gambling on such a limited budget.  Lee used to go to Vegas for the week long National Association of Broadcasters conference every year and budgeted $100 per day for Black Jack.  He usually broke even, that’s just the way blackjack works, but he went into it planning to lose the $500 for entertainment. Obviously that wasn’t going to work in this lifestyle where our monthly entertainment budget is $159 so we needed to talk it through.  We went to Circus Circus because the web said they had $2 blackjack tables and we had dinner at a little diner there.  The meals were excellent but man, am I ever tired of spending $3 for soda or iced tea. Consequently dinner was $37, but later I had an idea that I am going to start taking those little drink powder packets in my purse so we can have lemonade for dinner.  The $10.99 for the meals was more than fair but the markup on an iced tea makes me crazy.  As we ate we talked through what gambling would look like for us in this new world.  This was progress by the way as instead of spending now and talking later we are really starting to have these conversations proactively.  We determined that for the test I would take $20 (my standard amount for nickel slots) and Lee would take $100 for blackjack and we would see what happened.  Lee had the harder decision to make by far and I won’t talk about about all the details, but if you are going to gamble you need a certain amount of money to start with.  It ended up turning out great as he found a set  of interconnected tables with an electronic dealer for $2 a game and ended up spending only $22 for about two hours of play. I spent $8 out of my $20.  We also spent a few dollars upstairs on the huge arcade area Circus Circus has.   We probably could have recouped that money if we were willing to stay longer, but we needed to close the gate back at the ranch, so we headed back.  We did drive through the downtown area heading home though and I definitely want to go back and try out some of the other  casinos.  Overall the experience was great and better than anything we have seen short of Vegas including Atlantic City.  We were offered free drinks several times, the slots were varied, and the kind I like, and it really had a small Vegas vibe unlike Indian Casinos we have been in.  Plus, I have to say, I really like Reno as a town.  I was expecting the worst, but they have really cleaned it up in the 20 years since Lee has been there and it’s a very nice little town.

Casino downstairs and arcade upstairs

Casino downstairs and arcade upstairs

Lee playing Whack a Mole

Lee playing Whack a Mole…won a snake.  He likes the games where you whack stuff 🙂

I completely rock the fishing game...won twice

I completely rocked the fishing game…won twice.

Lee tried Chicken in the pot for the first time and won we a bear :)

Lee tried Chicken in the Pot for the first time and won me a bear 🙂

What girl doesn't like an armful of stuffed animals at an arcade

What girl doesn’t like an armful of stuffed animals at an arcade

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Saturday it rained some more, so I just took some chill time, and Lee worked on Howard and Linda’s videos.  In case you are wondering, I am doing OK with the decision to leave my job, but I am having some rough moments.  I had a really great review and conversation with my current boss which made me feel good about things, and I’ve talked to Cori several times.  She has been absolutely wonderful because she went through a similar experience several months ago and not only does she get it, but she has been very understanding of how moody I have been over the whole thing.  I am going along feeling great and then wham I get sad or a little depressed and Cori has been right there telling me it’s normal and will pass.  She also sent me the picture below and it really struck home with me… so I thought I would pass it along.

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Sunday was a little cloudy but no rain which was great because we had plans with Jo and Ben.  Jo and Ben started their new jobs the last couple of weeks and we were dealing with my job issues, so no opportunity until now to see each other.  I found a Celtic festival in Reno on Groupon though and we made plans to meet there on Saturday.  This was the first time I had used Groupon (recommended by both Katy and Cori, two of the most bargain conscious chicks I know) and it worked great.  They have a mobile app you can use and we got on online ticket which we just held up and shpwed upon entrance.  We did have to pay a $5 parking fee though which brought the cost up to $10 per person.  Unfortunately this was not my best pick.  The event was super small and none of us felt the fee was worth the $10.  Jo and Ben were so nice about it though and when we were done after 1-1/2 hours Ben came up with a Plan B.    My favorite thing we saw was a demonstration on how to put on a kilt.  Both Jo and I were fascinated as we had read about it, but never actually seen it done.  I have included a step by step set of pictures below on that for those of you who have an interest.  I found it fascinating and now feel like I could maybe buy and wear a kilt.  By the way, women and men wore kilts at the same length until the 1500’s when the catholic church pushed for the women to wear them long for modesty.

Beautiful Draft horses at the Celtic Fair

Beautiful Draft horses at the Celtic Fair

Stage with some ok musicians playing, we listened to some Irish folk tunes for awhile

Stage with some ok musicians playing, we listened to some Irish folk tunes for awhile

Falconer had several birds

Falconer had several birds

Amazing how far they can turn their head

Amazing how far they can turn their head

Really neat getting so close to them

Really neat getting so close to them

Unfortunately the falconer was less interested in talking than charging $10 per picture holding the birds, so we passed

Unfortunately the falconer was less interested in talking than charging $10 per picture holding the birds… we passed

These weavers were really nice. and we talked to them for some time. Turns out Ben worked in a wool mill in New Hampshire when he was in his 20's

These weavers were really nice. and we talked to them for some time. Turns out Ben worked in a wool mill in New Hampshire when he was in his 20’s

Make the pleats on the ground by folding over cloth

Make the pleats on the ground by folding over cloth

Pleats should be one third of cloth and equally in the middle

Pleats should be one third of cloth and equally in the middle

Lay down on cloth and roll over you like a burrito

Lay down on cloth and roll over you like a burrito

Adjust length to below the knee in winter and above the knee in the summer and place a belt around your waist

Adjust length to below the knee in winter and above the knee in the summer and place a belt around your waist

Pin the outside edge to stop the wind from blowing it open ... never knew what those pins were for

Pin the outside edge to stop the wind from blowing it open … never knew what those pins were for

Roll excess cloth at waist over belt

Roll excess cloth at waist over belt

Pull extra on one side up (easier with two people)

Pull extra on one side up (easier with two people)

Pull second side up

Pull second side up

Tie with some cord as seen here

Tie with some cord as seen here

She placed a second belt on and you can see how cool the pleats are in the back

She placed a second belt on and you can see how cool the pleats are in the back

So there was some cool things but no way worth $10 and thankfully Ben had this idea to head to Virginia City, which is a an historic mining town about 30 minutes outside of Reno.  A huge silver strike was found there, most people know it as the Comstock Lode, and tons of saloons were built.  What is cool about this town is many of the original buildings are still in place and I loved the wooden boardwalk which follows the natural lines of the ground and made me feel like I was really in the old west.  Plus in one of those awesome moments of serendipity we realized we were there during the world championship outhouse races.  Oh yes, I am not making that up, and it was completely a happy accident.  Can’t really describe what we saw in words, so let me just show you the pics.

Really cool old buildings

Really cool old buildings

Check out the metal drain spouts

Check out the metal drain spouts

Now I know what gold looks like in the wild

Now I know what gold looks like in the wild

Just in case :)

This one was cool

Lee wasn't kidding when he said people wore guns out west

Lee wasn’t kidding when he said people wore guns out west

Tons of little shops crammed full of antigues

Tons of little shops crammed full of antiques

Sign shop had tons of signs

Sign shop had tons of signs

For our friend Emils

For our friend Emily

The chandeliers in the old saloons were amazing

The chandeliers in the old saloons were amazing

Really good country western band playing in one

Really good country western band playing in one

And the outhouse races

And the outhouse races

You can't make this stuff up

You can’t make this stuff up

They were having fun

They were having fun

This guy did the starting guns hots..seriously old west

This guy did the starting line gunshots..seriously old west

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Ben and Jo

Ben and Jo

When I sat in here, it started making pooping noises. Cracked me and Ben up

When I sat in here, it started making pooping noises. Cracked me and Ben up

Old fire engine museum was very neat and free

Old fire engine museum was very neat and free

A guy who has been in tons of fire museums said he had never seen these before and they were

A guy who has been in tons of fire museums said he had never seen these before and they were “priceless”

 

After spending several hours in Virginia City, we headed down to Jo and Ben’s place.  They are staying at Sparks Marina RV Park  right in Reno.  Normally not a huge fan of these types of parks but they have done a nice job with this one.  Every space has it’s own spot of AstroTurf.  There are three nice dog parks, a clubhouse, pool and Jacuzzi.  Plus across the street is a lake and marina with beach volleyball courts and nice picnic areas.  Sometimes when you are working, convenience makes more sense than anything else, and it does feel isolated despite only being 10 minutes away from Ben’s work at the hospital.  They also have immaculate restrooms,  cable and really great free Wifi and with a monthly off season price of $575 a month is a nice deal.

Campground

Campground

Nicest of the three dog parks

Nicest of the three dog parks

 

Really great clubhouse

Really great clubhouse

Got lots of puppy love from Peyton !!

Got lots of puppy love from Peyton !!

Campground Reviews

Sparks Marina RV Park   1200 E. Lincoln Way Sparks, NV 89434  4 out of 5 pine cones

The spaces are close together but each has it’s own spot of AstroTurf.  There are three nice dog parks, a clubhouse, pool and Jacuzzi.  Plus across the street is a lake and marina with beach volleyball courts and nice picnic areas. Despite being right in town  it does feel isolated and you have a nice view of the surronding hills.   They also have immaculate restrooms,  cable and really great free Wifi and with a monthly off season price of $575 a month is a nice deal.

Recipes

Spicy Drumsticks with Blue Cheese

  • 4 drumsticks
  • 3 TBL vegetable Oil
  • 3 TBL white vinegar
  • 4 tsp red pepper sauce (add more is you like spicy)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  1. Mix oil, vinegar, pepper sauce, and salt in ziploc plastic bag
  2. Add drumsticks and toss until well coated
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour occasionally turning bag
  4. Cook Chicken on grill for 30 minutes saving sauce in bag
  5. Baste chicken with remaining sauce in bag and then cook an additional 10-15 minutes
  6. Serve with Blue Cheese dressing for dipping on the side
Spicy Drumsticks

Spicy Drumsticks

Fresh Strawberry Coffee Cake

Cake Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBL melted butter
  • 1-1/2 cups strawberries , sliced

Topping

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Grease an 8 x8 x2 pan
  3. Combine all cake ingredients except for strawberries, mix until well blended
  4. Spread batter evenly in pan and sprinkle berries evenly over batter
  5. Combine flour and sugar for topping then add softened butter.  Blend by hand until mix is crumbly
  6. Add nuts to topping and blend
  7. Sprinkler the topping over strawberries
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes
  9. Serve Warm

Homemade Whipped Cream

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1.  Beat ingredients until stiff in large bowl
  2. Refrigerate until used

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