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November 5, 2018


San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge #322 at sunset

One of the first pieces of advice I got when I decided to hit the road in Gladis was from my friend Dave Congalton: Join the Elks.

The Elks? Why would anyone ever join a lodge? Isn’t that something from the 1940s? Do they still EXIST?

Dave told me that not only do the Elks still exist, many lodges have RV facilities open only to Elks, usually available for about $15-$30 per night. They also arrange outings and meetups. Elks and RVs go together like peanut butter and jelly.

So one application, one interview, one induction and about $90 later, I am an Elk, and I could not be more delighted. In addition to the RV fun, they also have lodges to hang out in, do philanthropic work like helping disabled kids and veterans, host events all week long…It’s a great deal.

The lodge pictured above is in San Luis Obispo, where I spent 4 nights in the RV area. They have about a dozen RV spots in the back of the parking lot, where it isn’t especially scenic, and it’s right next to the freeway – but that describes most RV parks anyway.

I hung out in the lodge, used their free wifi, talked to people, drank tonic water, and took showers in the locker room. I missed the meals because I was out with friends, but next time I stay at an Elks, I will give it a try.

I’m looking forward to seeing Elks lodges all across this great land. Maybe I’ll even play bingo.





  1. November 5, 2018 12:37

    I had no idea about the Elks. I love playing bingo!

  2. Kathie S Martin permalink
    November 5, 2018 12:40

    Elks! This is such an unexpected yet delightful development! I wondered about community for you on the road, without your church family. I now want to buy an RV and join the Elks.

  3. November 6, 2018 08:58

    In Moorpark, there was the Moose Lodge. My friend’s parents were members. I vividly remember the weekends they took us there for breakfast (some of the best breakfasts ever), and everyone being so friendly. And so much laughter. It always felt like a big family gathering.

    Oddly, I never considered joining anything like that. But I can totally see it benefitting someone on the road (like you described). Like, always having extended family to stay with.

    • November 9, 2018 05:55

      I had never considered it either, but my college roommate Stacy is a member and loves it. Of course, her lodge is the one with the pool.

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