We had an eventful drive down on Friday afternoon that included extensive roadwork, missing the turn-off to head south to Utah, a big grass fire on the side of the road that was apparently started by a truck that was burn to a crisp by the time we passed it, nearly running out of gas in the central Idaho wasteland, stopping at the oddball gas station in Malad, ID proudly proclaiming "Welcome to the Middle of Nowhere" on the window, with two alpacas, two sheep, and two donkeys living in a pen in the parking lot. Don't believe me? Here they are. They were very friendly and wanted treats.
After lunch we connected up with an old friend and former Arn Hold resident HL Signy and her other half, Duke Cuan, who came all the way from North Carolina to come to the event. Duke Cuan is finishing up a term on the BOD as our ombudsman, and a few other BOD members came as well. It was so wonderful to see Signy, who seems so much happier than when she moved away to join Cuan, and he is 100% the sort of person worth moving across the continent for. So charming.
We went to court, where we got to see our new King and Queen on the thrones for the first time since their coronation a few weeks ago. There was supposed to be archery after court, so I got my gear together and hiked up the considerable hill to the range, only to see nobody else there and the targets taken down. I guess it wasn't meant to be, and my cat has since chewed the fletching off a couple of the new arrows. The universe is trying to tell me something.
Anyway. Dinner was fabulous, and Saturday night was spent playing cards (Munchkin Loot Letter), sharing drinks, laughing, and not budging from the encampment, as a true Slug should. I gave up and went to bed a little before midnight, but my other half was out until nearly 3 am visiting with all the friends we didn't see much this summer thanks to not going to fifty year and the cancellation of Uprising.
We reluctantly packed up after breakfast on Sunday and headed home, but it was a beautiful and theraputic site, and a nice relaxed events. Here are a few more photos courtesy of my husband, Arlen Donald.