It’s a niiiiiiice place.
For someone who always chooses the cheapest possible accommodations when I’m paying myself, Sparks Marina feels like the Ritz. Level, paved sites and well manicured grounds. Four shower house/bathrooms kept immaculately clean and in great condition. A clubhouse with exercise equipment, desks with Ethernet cables, leather furniture with a big screen TV, puzzles, books, a ping pong table, a large outdoor seating area with three large gas grills. And of course the outdoor pool, and the hot tub which stays open year round.
When we first arrived, the WiFi was pretty bad. It dropped a lot and during peak hours was often unusably slow, sometimes we weren’t able to connect at all. Two weeks ago it got updated, and while it still occasionally drops I can always connect and it runs fast for campground WiFi. I can even game on it.
The location is also handy. It’s actually in town, which is also a first for me. There are restaurant, grocery, and shopping options all within walking distance. Heck, even the IMAX theater is within walking distance. Brick walls surround the park and keep the privacy.
I definitely like the Fernley location over Coffeyville. There’s more to see in the area, plus it has all of the amenities of a larger town. The Sierra Nevada range off to the west is visible right from my campsite, I can see it snowing over the ski resort way up there when it’s sunny and warm down in the valley.
It still gets cold at night. 15 has been the lowest temperature so far. From reports I’ve gotten from those who’ve done CamperForce here in previous years and seasonal averages found on weather sites, Fernley is the coldest of the four sites. But it’s a drier, sunnier kind of cold which I prefer.
So overall, things are going well even if there isn’t a lot to report. Money is being made, I’m finding things to do during my meager time off, and if one has to be stuck in colder weather for several months, at least it’s I picked a good spot.
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