According to Dr. Google and the guy in the ER, I would likely be passing a kidney stone in the next 24-48 hours or so. Given that uncertainty, driving a big rig across the Mohave Desert seemed like maybe not the smartest thing to do, but we live for adventure so off we went with Bill & Kelly in the lead.
We were headed to Pahrump, NV to attend our second RV-Dreams Rally, this one a reunion for those who had attended a previous rally. Since we had just attended the Boondocking Rally, we qualified!
Our plan was to arrive a day early and set up at the Pahrump Elks Lodge. As luck would have it, it was Taco Tuesday and we wasted no time filling our bellies! The next morning we packed up and headed for the Wine Ridge Resort & Cottages to set up for five days of reunion shenanigans.
We already knew a lot of the folks attending, and it was so nice to meet others. In particular, the Class of 2014 had a great showing and we took the opportunity to gather and take group photos.
The whole event was fairly chill, which is just the way we like it. There was a couple of catered dinners, a potluck and then final dinner/dance, which is always a highlight. At least for the girls, the guys didn't seem to want to participate much, but that didn't stop those of us who wanted to move a little!
We had a great time and on the last day, we said our goodbyes and headed off toward Utah. It's hard to say goodbye sometimes, but we usually have so much ahead of us to look forward to, and future plans to see folks again, that we're raring to get our wheels rolling!
And no, I did not pass that damn kidney stone! And -- SPOILER ALERT – as I write this, it’s now the end of May and I have not seen hide nor hair of that stone! I did follow up with my doctor and she told me to get on with my life. She also loaded me up with every conceivable RX I might need should the stone reappear. So with that, I'm moving on. :)
We left Pahrump and headed for the Elks Lodge in St. George, UT, about 180 miles away. We drove right through Las Vegas and neither one of us was tempted to stay and visit. Vegas really isn't our cup of tea.
We had heard that the Elks Lodge in St. George is a popular one, but we've never arrived to a completely full lot, until today. Though full, we were not turned away and simply boondocked in a spot with a pretty wonderful view. We were just fine with that and stayed there two nights before moving into a spot with electric for two more.
We had stayed in St. George a couple of years ago but just for an overnight. This time we wanted to explore Snow Canyon State Park as well as make it our base camp for a visit to Zion National park.
Zion, like most national parks, is a photographer's dream. Though I am usually the one planning our travels and sightseeing, in cases such as this, Steven takes over. As is his want, the hike he choose required a 4:00 a.m. wake up and a hike along a treacherous goat path in the dark. Oh well, off we go!
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