Upon returning to camp, we were suddenly met with rain. At once, Aubrey, Irene, Natalie & i scrambled to cover the tent and things with a giant tarp, while storing other items in the the car for the night
The next day we awoke bright and early. With Natalie, Irene, Aubrey, Otto, & his roommates and friends, our group walked together towards the entrance of the festival. Luckily we were early. As the gate opened, we walked in to what would be our "playground" for the next few days. Walking up a hill and down a breathtaking view of the main stage and the Gorge revealed itself to us. Aubs, Natalie, Irene, & i ventured to another stage however for the start of the show. What better way to start the weekend with bands such as dawes, laura marling, mumford & sons, and portugal. the man, i thought to myself. Next our group split off with Irene & i seeing ok go, broken social scene, the national, vampire weekend, and nada surf, and Aubs & Natalie seeing edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes and the lonely forest. Aubrey and Natalie came back to the mainstage after seeing Edward sharpe with quite the story. Aubrey, with her hands on her head dictated to Otto and the rest of us what had occurred at the show. Apparently the lead singer Eward Sharpe came into the audience and with a mob of people reaching their hands out as if to reach their hands out to Jesus, Aubrey got toppled by the crowd. Luckily at that moment she had also had her camera out and was taking pictures on her way down. The pics she captured were phenomenal! Her sun glasses on the other hand got broken in half! You win some you loose some...
The next day was met with more awesome music. We started out at noon venturing our way towards the event gates. Jets overhead, freelance whales, they might be giants, tegan and sara, and other bands filled our day. A little before 7 o'clock in the evening i advanced toward the main stage to find Aubrey, Otto, and Natalie. It was obvious to me and Aubrey that, with the ever increasing size of the crowd there was little if no way of finding each other. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I received a call and an order to look up, as i did, i spot Aubrey propped high in the air on Otto's shoulders! I wave as she waves and immediately i start meandering through the crowd to where they were. Before reaching them however, i run into someone i know! A guy named Mike from my home town spotted me, and we began to catch up. Moments later i find them again and we start our night. LCD Sound system was incredible. With our own private dance party on the main floor below the stage and with the beautiful view of the gorge and the sun setting in the background, what appeared to be a few thousand of us danced the night away to the impetus beats of the band. Suddenly it starts to rain! in amongst the crowd, i see a group do a motion moving their arms and hands simultaneously from the lower left part of their body across to the upper right and then out in a motion of release at the fingertips. it wasn't long before others, by the thousands started to follow suite and pretty soon everyone, those closest to the stage, on the grass, and on the hill did the very same thing
. It was working! the rain was diminishing... i thought to myself.
At this our night wasn't over, it couldn't be! we embarked towards the Rumpus Room where a dance party was going on to the tremendous talents of the DJ A-trak. Staying together was a challenge at this point. Crowd surfers met our attention the closer we got to the stage. Making friends with the people in our surroundings became especially beneficial at that time. A bit later we traveled back to the main stage feeling the cool air of the outdoors again. Massive Attack was next. This time we opted to stay on the lawn with the rest of the group. After this night, and upon returning to camp, i slid onto my sleeping bag, closed my eyes and slept. Awaking the next day still with make-up and jeans on, i scrambled out of bed. With the last day of the festival about to begin, I peruse the schedule with my friends. Everything we wanted to see was on the main stage on this day. Bands such as the heavy, mayer hawthorne, the temper trap, passion pit, she & him, band of horses, MGMT, and ween filled our day and night. It was at the band passion pit that a massive inflatable killer whale was being tossed around the crowd. The lead singer insisted it get tossed his way. With the larger then life killer wale by his side, the lead singer of LCD soundsystem dedicated the next song to it and then tossing it back into the crowd. For band of horses, i was again able to find Natalie and Aubrey
. Listening to the smooth soulful music of the band was most enjoyable that close to stage. Next came MGMT. Lucky for me having experienced the other night's dance party prepared me for what was to come next. Crowd surfers started to emerge again, and beach balls were being tossed back and fourth. There was an inflatable monkey that was always a joy to see every time it came around to us. Someone had the bright idea to lasso it to the flag that was waving. that was cool! Again it started to rain a little. I pulled out my poncho from my pack and draped it over myself. Hearing a noise however from behind, i knew i was not alone wearing this thing. A woman come out from underneath from having been submerged inside the poncho with me! "Yeah i was IN that!" the woman declared. Oops! The night ended with ween, which sucked, and we traveled back to the campsite. The next day involved a lot of packing and cleaning up. Goodbyes were made to friends, new and old, and we climbed into Shelby for our trip west back into Seattle. We reflected on the way of stories each of us had. One guy from our group, Tyler, passed out in a porta pody only to come to a while later returning to the rest of the group. There was also a tripper at one of the first shows we saw that was pointing and staring at everybody. I could go on and on, but i figure I'll end with this: it was an experience i will never forget. thank you Sasquatch!
How to express this in words... The music was GREAT. We arrived Friday in the late afternoon at the Gorge campgrounds. I don't think I was prepared for how big this event was going to be. We managed to find the rest of our group and set up camp as others by the thousands came piling in. The campsite itself was shaped like a giant bullseye with showers apparently located in the center. We set up camp along the outskirts with the rest of our group and then roamed around a little bit mingling with people as we passed. Random dance parties started to emerge as the sun went down. All college age people were there, and only few appeared over 30 in age. Fireworks went off by one camp site and then another. Music of what was to come in the next three days were blasted by car stereos. In the distance we could see a full moon rise.