We drove from Salt Lake City to Elko, Nevada. We stayed in the Iron Horse RV Campground. I reminded my wife that an “iron horse” was a steam locomotive.

Sparks Marina Park

Sparks Marina Park

The Sparks RV Park & Marina is rated 10-10-10. We walked around the Sparks Marina Park. We learned that the Blaisdell family settled here in August 1861 in search of gold. It later became a gravel excavation site. More recently, settlement money from contaminated soil caused by a nearby storage tank allowed for the creation of this 77-acre park. Another information sign alerted us to the fact that an F-4 Phantom II Reconnaissance Jet that had crash landed April 27, 1988 had been decommissioned and placed in 50 feet of water in the Park for Scuba divers to enjoy.

Walthall Slough

Walthall Slough

We stayed at the Turtle Beach Resort in Manteca, California. We visited a nearby grocery store to restock our pantry and a laundry to wash dirty clothes. We inflated our Sea Eagle 370 kayak for its maiden voyage in the Walthall Slough off the San Joaquin River. One seat deflated, but otherwise it was a pleasant voyage. We saw two herons. A bluebird graced us with a visit at our campsite.

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