Sunday, June 11, 2017

And the answer is......


7:26 am - Sunday - 49º F, 50% humidity, wind 8 mph out of the north northwest.....feels calm here in Fernley, NV......sitting across the street from the former RN01 (Amazon Fulfillment Center).....some of my friends from our Amazon stint in 2014 will remember!  Chance of rain 50% later in the day.....we'll be on our way by then.

The former RN01 (Amazon) of Fernley, NV

So, our last morning at TVC began around 5:30 for is often the case with me on 'roll the wheels' day I am awake early thinking about all that must be accomplished before that magic moment arrives.

We were a little too optimistic about our departure date

One of the first things I did was to take down our site tag indicating our site number, and our anticipated departure date......we were a little too optimistic, don't you think?  Then it was on to dumping our tanks, rolling up our artificial turf for later insertion in the trailer, putting away the portable fire pit, disconnecting the water, sewer and finally the electric.  All the while our co-workers continued to stop by to wish us well in our new adventure.  Many 'until next time' hugs were exchanged.

Our 'Jello' goal was to be rolling out the entrance by 12 noon, and for the first time in a long time the 'Jello' did not I passed under the TVC welcome sign I looked at my watch and it was 12:05 pm......perfect!

We did not put the VW in the trailer initially as we were going to be stopping in Carson City to do some shopping at COSTCO and TJ's.....not sure when we will see either of these chain stores for a long time.  As I crested Spooner Summit for the last time this summer I felt a kind of release......the heaviness in my chest disappeared, and a smile returned to my face.....the past 6 days have NOT been my happiest.  The slide down the Spooner grade was effortless....I never had to apply the brakes one single time with our Jake working at its finest.  We arrived across the street from COSTCO at the local sports park a little after 1 pm where we parked the rig and then got in the VW to go first to COSTCO, then In 'N Out Burger, then TJ's.  We were in no hurry as our goal was to get only as far as Fernley, NV (30 miles east of Sparks, NV on I-80).  By 3:30 pm we had finished our shopping and eating, so I dropped TLE off at the Newell and drove up the street to get the VW washed.....she was filthy!

By the time we left Carson City heading northeast on US-50 it was well after 4 pm, and we had one more stop to make before Fernley, NV......Smith's Foods in Dayton to top off our diesel tank with 55 gallons at $2.28/gallon for the first 35 gallons, and then $2.35/gallon for the final 20.  That took about 30 minutes, and we were on our way once again to our first overnight stop of our journey to our yet undisclosed destination for the balance of the summer........

   In the Walmart parking lot in Fernley, NV

.....we will be spending the better part of the next two days cruising east, and north on I-80.....our destination as I write is just 700 miles away.  As I mentioned previously we interviewed for two possible jobs a few days ago.  Both were very appealing.....the first was at a campground at Flaming Gorge, UT where we would work with two other couples doing 'ranger' type work managing a 100 site campground for American Land and Leisure.  The pay would be Utah minimum wage at $7.25/hour for 40 hours of work each week split evenly between TLE and I, or 20 hours each.  They would provide a full hookup site with 50 amp service, a laundry, and WiFi.  We have been to Flaming Gorge before, and love it there....the elevation is around 7,400' above sea level.

The second job offer was in Yellowstone National Park and pays $8.25/hour, includes a full hookup site with 50 amp, laundry and WiFi (site costs us $60/week).  We would be guaranteed 32-40 hours per week what to do?  Well, in the end we have never been to Yellowstone, and have been wanting to visit there for years, but each summer we ended up in South Lake Tahoe, which we love.  At any rate, we are headed to Yellowstone for the balance of the summer to get our exploring groove back, and live at 5,400' above seal level....we have kind of gotten comfortable returning year after year to a familiar place, when that is really the antithesis of what this nomadic lifestyle is all about for us.  We have been anything, but nomadic these past 4 summers.

So, there you have it......the mystery destination is revealed.  We will take 5 days to reach our initial destination in West Yellowstone where we will undergo our 'orientation', and then head to our summer destination from there.

We roll our wheels in about an hour.....hang on tight, because here we go!  Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Enjoy your time at Yellowstone, new place and new faces is always fun.

  2. Congratulations on your new position. I'm sure Yellowstone will be awesome!