Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sasquatch Travels

Every year as the seasons change from dreary spring to summer lush, and the sun finally comes out to kiss the cheeks and shoulders of North westerners, who have been left without a ray in the rainy months of winter, we band together to rock. With all the homemade tie dye they can find and festival costumes of many kinds, hippies, hipsters, punks and bros head to the Gorge for a weekend where the dancing never ends, the music never stops, and somewhere there's a Sasquatch on the loose.

Day 1
As the sun rose over the Gorge, in the hours where back at home my head would still be resting peacefully on my pillow, the sweltering heat drifted into our tent as well as the radio tunes of our ecstatically loud Canadian neighbors.
We escape the righteous heat waves to be bombarded by the colorful next door characters that would be our entertainment for the following three days.

Day 2
Breakfast and some spigot cleaning left us feeling rested and ready for a pool party. Splashin' in the mini pool, sittin' pool side and blowin' bubbles at other festivalites the festivities soon lead to a corroboree of shenanigans.

A corroboree is the costumed ceremony and celebration of dancing and singing performed by the Australian Aboriginals. Introduced to me by my new Australian mate Sonya.
Tools needed for a Sasquatch Corroboree:
a corroboree stick, commandeered from another's campsite, to be used at the ceremonial dance

tribal paint, used in traditional patterns to symbolize one's tribe

and of course every festival corroboree must feature a pair of festival shorts, once worn by the owner then discarded and sacrificed to ensure festival fun

Day 3
after a short stint at trying to reach the river we found a better use for the van...
Loaded up with flotation devices, cooler in tow, everyone aboard, and we've instaled the perfect campground PARTY BUS!!!

Once we finally left the campgrounds, there was some music too
Girl Talk's epic mixes over the Gorge at sundown, was a sea of bobbing heads.

more epic pictures from Sasquatch on the website
animal collective
girl talk
crystal castles
mos def
erykah badu

Tuesday morning and we wave a final salute to the epic weekend we call Sasquatch. Like the mythical creature I'm not quite sure if any of it was real. Maybe I'll find out next year.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Characters in Travel

Creatures of the Sun

Creatures of the sun are Rockstars
Perched on the hills of Dolores park
Like birds of paradise in a field of daisies

Creatures of the sun are Hippies
Bouncing to rhythm, flowing to rhyme
Dreads twirled around bassnectar beats

Creatures of the sun are Vagabonds
Boisterous, accented characters
Debauchery upon the magical mystery tour

Creatures of the sun are woodland Lovers
Traipsing the trees, glowing in the leaves
Hidden in the glittering green

Creatures of the sun are my World
Floating through my bubble as it tumbles across the West Coast sky
Radiating rainbow reflections on an ever changing sphere