2010 Trip Reports - DE Rendezvous - Sheri's Ranch
Outbound Trip : Sheri’s Ranch
By Bob Jacoby
It is a tradition that all Desert Explorer rondys have an outbound trip. Of course, the 2010 Rondy was not an exception to that. Indeed, Emmett Harder was the original organizer for perhaps the ultimate outbound trip which was to Sheri’s Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this fine establishment, it is, in fact, a remnant of the Old West where prostitution was quite common. Sheri’s advertises itself as an exclusive brothel, less than an hour from Las Vegas. We were able to verify that Sheris does have an excellent selection of beautiful women, upscale bungalows and rooms, saunas, spas and quite a varied “menu” of options.
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Emmett, after doing all of his exceptional planning, was unable to attend the rondy and called me to pinch hit as the leader. I normally like to do a “pre-run” any time I lead a trip, but that didn’t prove to be practical for this one. In any event, a group of seven cars left Death Valley Junction on Sunday morning at 9:30. This included the following intrepid Desert Explorers in addition to your fearless leader: Larry Borrieo, Bob Younger and Mary Wheeler, Nan Savage, Glen Shaw, Mike and Donna Mumford, Willie and Faye Kalajian, Bert Eddins, Mal and Jean Roode, Bob and Shirely Bolin, and Alan and Ding Wicker. Normally, high clearance, four wheel drive is a requirement for all Desert Explorer trips, but those terms didn’t seem particularly applicable in this situation.
To get from Death Valley Junction to Sheri’s we followed Stateline Road east out to Nevada 160 and followed that main road through Pahrump to Homestead Road. We followed Homestead Road to the end and lo and behold, there was Sheri’s next door to their low end competitor, the Chicken Ranch. During this drive we were very fortunate to receive information over the CB from Nan Savage regarding the role of prostitution historically in the Old West. As usual, Ms. Savage had done her homework and provided us with the academic approach we needed to survive this tour.
Upon arrival at Sheri’s, our group divided up into three different subgroups and we each received a guided tour of the facility. We found the tour leaders to be very well informed and they provided us with an overview which very few people receive. Among other things, we toured the S&M room (that doesn’t stand for “Sand and Mud”) and the sauna room. We also learned that the women who work here are independent contractors and are not employees of Sheri’s. The only issue we encountered was telling several of the ladies that Neal Johns didn’t make the trip. They all asked about Neal and we were sorry to disappoint them.
After the tour was complete we partook of a buffet lunch which proved to be very good. It was now early afternoon and everyone was ready to head back home after an outstanding Rondy weekend. Someone mentioned that Sheri’s might be a good place to hold next years’ Rondy, but I don’t believe that will happen.