Wineridge RV Resort
This week we will be in Pahrump, Nevada. Yes, Pahrump. Some of you may have heard of or been to this little town about 60 miles west of Las Vegas.
Don't you just love to say it. Pahrump. Reminds me of a scene in Blazing Saddles. It doesn't take long to see the part of the clip I'm talking about if you click the link. It's Reason #3, about 30 seconds in? I know they are saying Harrumph, but that's the first thing I think of.
Where did it get its interesting name? According to google, It was slowly inhabited by settlers in the late 19th century. They reportedly chose the name for Pahrump after the original indigenous name Pah-Rimpi, or "Water Rock," so named because of the abundant artesian wells in the valley. It isn't so small anymore either. It's populations is over 36,000.
We stayed at Wineridge RV Park. It's a very nice, smaller private park with full hookups. We were here for the RV-Dreams Reunion Rally. We first heard about RV-Dreams while I was doing research on full-time RVing in 2013. Howard and Linda put together an amazing seminar with more information than you ever thought you needed. Even if you've RV'd before. Full-timing is entirely different. Well this is a reunion for anyone who has attended a previous rally. "Our" group of 2014 has stayed very close and we tend to crisscross each other throughout our travels. It's always great to meet up along the way and share stories and friendship. Many of our group was going to attend so we were looking forward to going also.
After everyone was settled into their sites there was a get together down at the picnic shelter.
There were lots of yummies and a cake. The leaves all represented the various states in the US.
Lee taking charge and volunteering to be first in line.
Howard and Linda of RV-Dreams.
Later in the evening there was a gathering at the firepit. Above is Jo and Craig.
Trace of Camper Cronicles.
Me and Glenda.
It was a very loose itinerary, some planned activities and lots of just socializing on our own. "Aunt" Trace brought over a toy for Hurley. She is so sweet that way. She always has treats on hand for all the 4 leggers. She had brought him a toy before in Quartzite, but sadly, he was very quick to destroy it. Hurley is just that way. He loves a good challenge. This time Trace put a lot of research into his gift. Since it was labeled as "indestructible" and had a picture of a Pit Bull on it, she thought she had him.
One of our outings was to a place next to the Chicken Ranch outside of Pahrump. (If you don't know what that is, you may need to google it). It was called Sheri's Ranch. A little more upscale than the Chicken Ranch, but same concept. I'd been to the former (as a visitor :-) and the latter was not really much different. We did get a short tour into a couple of the rooms, but there really wasn't much to it. We were to have lunch there but there was a mix up about our group so we all divided up and went to somewhere else for lunch.
The weather was wonderful and we had a great view while we ate outside.
Another beautiful sunset and more socializing around the fire which turned into a nightly event.
Bridget, Jo and Kelly.
There were a few planned activities but some of us chose to go geocaching.
This was a really nice Travel Bug Hotel.
Pam deciding what she'd take and what she'd leave.
Curt, Craig, Pam and Steve logging their find.
While they were searching, I spotted this tiny Hummingbird nest.
Later that evening a bunch of us "14er's", got together for our own mini potluck. Bridget (above), who is quite the cook and baker, made the main dish. Shrimp and Grits. She and Pat are from Louisiana and know how to make some great Cajun food! It was amazing!
Bridget's Shrimp and Grits. It was very creamy.
Glenda and Curt of Illinois Campers
American Odyssey and Ben and Jo (a different Jo, not pictured) who are traveling nurses.
Linda and Steven of The Chouters.
Pat and Steve.
Lee and Trace & Pam and Red.
Jo and Craig.
Before it got dark, Steven took a fantastic group photo of us. Thanks Steven for sharing the pictures!
There were many things offered during the reunion, cooking demos, crafts, poker, pickleball, bowling, casino gambling and golfing to name a few. I volunteered to put a hike together so that will be the next post.