On a scale of 1 to 10, our not being able to shop on base is about a minus 20. And the town of Fallon (with lots of stores) is only about 8 miles away for folks who live on this base. But I feel sorry for families who live in places like Yuma, AZ, and have to drive 25 miles to stock up on food after serving their country all day, not to mention people who will miss pay checks or not be admitted to possibly-life-saving medical programs.
Do what you were elected and are being paid to do, Congress, and figure it out. This is stupid.
Anyway... we left Petaluma yesterday morning and are now headed east and officially on our way home to Salt Lake City for a few weeks. We wanted to stay at Donner Memorial State Park near Truckee, but their campground is closed for the season. So we spent last night at Thousand Trails Snowflower RV Resort near Emigrant Gap, CA. Thousand Trails promotes itself as a "family camping resort" and sells what they call "zone passes." Members pay $525 for 12 months of camping in one geographic area and can camp as much as they like, subject to some restrictions. For example, you can't stay in one park more than 14 consecutive days and you ave to wait seven days between park visits. I don't think it would work for us -- we travel a little too much by the seat of our pants. But last night's camping spot (Thousand Trails lets non members camp when space is available) was rustic and lovely.
This afternoon we arrived at Fallon, home to the Naval Fighters Weapon School, also known as TOPGUN. That's on Wikipedia so I doubt that I'm giving away any government secrets.
|Thursday morning: We left Snowflower Resort and headed east about 120 miles to Fallon, NV. This shot was taken soon after we got on I-80, where we saw lots of mountains, lots of trees, and lots of orange barrels.|
|After trees and mountains on I-80 came Reno....|
|...then fewer trees and browner mountains...|
|...then a flatter landscape as we got on US 50 toward Naval Air Station Fallon.|
|And Thursday afternoon: Our spot at the Naval Air Station Fallon's Fam Camp. It's about 8 p.m. as I write this, and I can hear the fighter jets.|
|From the other direction, a little more authentic view of what the campground really looks like: a big gravel lot with cement pads. But it also has electricity, water, wifi, cable TV, lots of space between sites, and a laundry. And pretty clouds.|