Alturas, CA to Sparks, NV
Distance: 174 miles
Campground: Sparks Marina RV Park
Cost per Night: $53 (eek!)
Duration: 1 night
Weather: Warm (92) and sunny
We woke up fairly early again (for us) and were on the road before 10:00. We drove out to the Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, but didn't see too much other than some Canada Geese, a few pelicans in the distance on a lake, and dozens and dozens of swallows.
We headed down Hwy. 395, which is a pretty drive with green farmland and mountains to the west. The sky was clear and blue, with wispy white clouds scattered here and there.
As we drove past Honey Lake, the wind picked up, making for a very stressful drive. The RV was constantly pushed from side to side, forcing me to slow down even slower than my usual 55-58 mph. (Gotta go slow to get 9 mpg!)
Taking a break from the wind.
The wind remained gusty the entire way into Sparks, Nevada and by the time we merged onto I80, my nerves were pretty frayed. As if that wasn't enough, the traffic was insane and I was more than relieved to get off the freeway and find my way to In-N-Out. If they served beer or wine, I would have been a very happy camper. A strawberry shake would have to suffice.
We arrived at the Sparks Marina RV Resort, which is quite beautiful, in a "resorty" sort of way. They provide an escort and help guide you back in to your site (not necessary, but nice). There are over 200 sites, all paved, level and a nice strip of Astroturf and picnic table. There's a clubhouse, pool & spa, as well as a "Zen" dog yard and larger dog run. Oh, and trees. Lots of trees.
It was nice to get a back-in site on the outer edge with a lot of shade. It was hot! It was 47 when we woke-up in Alturas, 65 when we left, 88 in Milford when we stopped for gas, and 92 when we arrived in Sparks! So, we decided to go for a swim, which felt wonderful.
If we're ever in the area, we'll stay here again. It's a nice, quiet park, in spite of the number of sites. Plus, In-N-Out is just a few miles away.