Truckee River


Day 1 of the photo update experiment (read last week’s post if you missed it). The drive to Amazon from Sparks takes us on Interstate 80 east along the Truckee River. It may be a 45 minute drive to work, but it’s not all bad. Last week before Daylight Savings ended we’d be driving it during the golden hour before sunset, and the cottonwood trees are nearing peak color. RVing before retirement isn’t all fun and games, but there are lots of little things to enjoy if you take the time to look for them.

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  1. Judy Sims on November 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Last weekend I was driving eastbound on 80 from Sparks to Fernley and looked South at a group of rocks and there was a Big Horned Sheep standing there. I wasn’t sure if it was real or a statue. I meant to ask you or Julie if you have seen any on your drive, but keep forgetting. I looked it up on the Internet, apparently the state has relocated a small herd to the area. It has grown to about 80-90 animals. Your drive is mostly dark now, but keep an eye out. A magnificent sight.

    • Becky on November 6, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Wow, yes you were lucky! I haven’t seen one around here but I saw them a lot at Zion. They sure are magnificent animals.

  2. Marcia GB in MA on November 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    When you have a long commute, it certainly helps to pass the time if you have beautiful scenery to enjoy.

    • Becky on November 5, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Yes it does! And the fact that the drive to work changes every few months keeps it from getting monotonous.

  3. Jodee Gravel on November 4, 2014 at 7:44 am

    That landscape will change a few times during your several weeks of traveling that route – should be interesting (and beautiful).
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    • Becky on November 5, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      It already is! Now the drive home is brighter than the drive in, silly standard time.

  4. jonthebru on November 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for all your blogs no matter when or about where. Nevada is a really beautiful state, its certainly not all like Vegas or desert. It may be most beautiful at this time of year.

    • Becky on November 5, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      The cottonwoods sure are beautiful! And I like the barren brown hills too in their own way.

  5. Ed @ Chasing Sunrises and Sunsets on November 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    For starters, I like the pic idea. But don’t kill yourself trying to keep us interested in your blog. We’re interested. And we understand that you are working at Amazon. Relating to this first photo, is that the river? It looks like a lake/

    One of the things that turned us off to the idea of MAYBE working for Amazon was what we read from others regarding LOTs of walking on concrete for so many hours. Will the idea that everbody drives a “PIT” change that, or is it that EVERYBODY is certified, and only SOME will actually drive one?

    Another thing we read about was how Camperforce workers were treated by full-timers or “regulars”. Sounds like that might be problematic.
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    • Becky on November 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Heya Ed,

      That’s near the industrial park where they damned it up to make a little lake, it is still part of the river.

      From what I heard, everyone hired will be PIT drivers, but remember that could change, they’re probably still working out details.

      I personally have been treated fairly by my managers and regular employees, I can’t speak for all CamperForce workers.

  6. OpenSpaceMan on November 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm


    I feel sort of bad that you have to work those long hours just so I can do my Xmas shopping online…but come the 24th you’ll be free again and I’ll still be paying off my van and building my freedom fund. Hopefully or I plan on taking 2016 if everything goes to plan.

    • Becky on November 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      One of the great things about RV living Space, everything’s temporary. Long hours are tolerable knowing that it’s only for 9 weeks. I don’t know how full time Amazonians do it, I think I’d go nuts.

      Another great thing about RV living, there are a lot of choices. I didn’t have to work at Amazon, there are many other seasonal jobs I could have applied for. I chose here because for me the money was worth the long hours (at least temporarily).

      Best of luck building your savings! I think you’re wise to pay off the van before you hit the road.

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