3500 Travels

On to Nevada

I write this as we zip along I-80 between Winnemucca and Lovelock, Nevada. The air quality from western Colorado, all through I-80 country in Utah, and now in Nevada is very bad. We ate lunch at Mattie’s in Elko, NV and the woman serving us confirmed that the haze was smoke from fires. She said it was now going on two weeks like this. I know that when Colin and I came through in August of 2012, heading for Ft Collins, it was nothing like this. It seems as if the west is burning everywhere. I think it is getting worse as we travel farther west.

Smoky air at mile 165 on I-80

Smoky air at mile 165 on I-80


Other side of the tracks in West Wendover, NV

Other side of the tracks in West Wendover, NV


Locks in Lovelock, NV

Locks in Lovelock, NV

Not sure where we will stop tonight, perhaps somewhere near Truckee, CA.

Well we made to the Boomtown KOA just west of Reno. Pretty much like a parking lot with some grass, trees, and a shower, but looked pretty good after striking out at an RV park. Dogs lessen one’s options. We fixed dinner, set up the dog crates, and placed our various possessions on the pavement or grass next to the truck. The grass detail is important.

Boomtown KOA

Boomtown KOA


For reasons I’ll attribute to a tired brain, I did not make the logical connection between the sprinkler heads and green strip of grass. Right around 12:15 AM we awoke to the sound of spraying water. We quickly dressed enough to be legal and started moving items. Meg was actually sleeping on the grass. I suppose it was funny in a Keystone Cops sort of way, but more in retrospect than in the moment. Water was only on for 15 minutes so sleep returned soon enough. By morning my soaking pants were almost dry.