SPARKS FROM SPARKS
The town of Sparks appeared when I was making my way to Reno.
I took a bus from Spark to Reno. I walked for 22 minutes from home to the bus stop. Google Map was my best friend. At first, I was a bit disappointed because the house was far from the supermarket. I read from their profile just 1 mile from home. I cooked to save money and health reasons. I later learned that I had to walk for 25 minutes to reach the nearest supermarket or $ 6 – $ 7 with Uber.
Then I liked the decision to stay at Sparks rather in Reno. There’s nothing wrong with Reno. I interested in simplicity of the City of Sparks. A cozy and safe little town. Every time I walked from home to the bus stop, I took the time to admire the surrounding.
I wanted to interact with the locals. The best way to do it is to live with the locals and live the same daily life. Well, it does not have to the same pattern. But feel a bit of experience how they live everyday life. Like having lunch in a café, walking and hanging out at the café. It was great.
Blue sky with snowy mountains backdrop.
I almost felt into a hole while admiring the mountains with snow from a distance. Nevada has the bluest sky. Sparks became more attractive because combination of blue sky with snowy mountains.
I know that Sparks is close to Lake Tahoe. One of the employees at the Visitor Center said that it was impossible to visit when the snow was 57 feet tall. Furthermore, there is no public transportation. If people want to get there they have to go by car with chain tires.
No need to go to Lake Tahoe, I admired from a distance.
During my exercises (walking and jogging) or traveling to the bus stop, I rarely saw people in their homes. Maybe the weather was still cold so they were reluctant to go out. I only heard dogs barking or birds chirping. Occasionally a vehicle passes by.
Safe environment. Night and day. Many times I came home when it is dark, I feel safe walking through a lonely street.
Small Houses with Beautiful Gardens
The houses are not monotonous like Las Vegas. The photos below are enough to illustrate how cool the environment was.
Spring at Sparks
I was very disappointed to leave Washington DC when Cherry Blossom started to bloom. My disappointment soothed here. The first day I came, the flowers still had not bloomed. The trees were still bare. Slow but sure the flowers started blooming. Every day I saw different things. A bare tree filled with beautiful little flowers. I even admired the colorful wild weeds.
The citizens of Sparks City are the kindest people I’ve ever met during my trip across the United States. They easily chatted with strangers. The old woman asked someone who had just came to buy fresh products how much he bought a pack of vegetables. They discussed the prices of different types of vegetables and then continued conversations about their benefits from the government. Soon other passengers joined in.
When I asked the nearest shopping mall to a restaurant waiter, a customer came along. Pointed a shortcut. On another occasion, several times I asked directions, they tried to give me clues until I really understood. From officers at bus stations, bus drivers to ordinary people.
I felt sad and happy to leave this small town. Sad because I started to feel at home and happy because I went on my adventures to San Francisco.
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