~ Summer Camp 2007 ~
Memorial Day Weekend
|Summer Camp Festival 2007.
Wednesday evening Beth and I packed the car in the rain. We were pretty sure it would stop by morining and that we could get everything we needed for the 500 mile, 5 day trip into the Mustang. Wrong on both.
Thursday morning we packed all the stuff from the car into the truck in the rain and spent most of the rest of the day driving in the rain. We took two lane highways from home in Kansas then across Missouri for an uneventful but most interesting trip. I had never traveled to Summer Camp with anyone and it was nice to have someone to talk to on the seven hour drive. We rolled into Peoria a little behind schedule but confident that we would have a good spot to camp saved for us. While we stood on line for wristbands Regular Joe waited with the truck which I was allowed to bring into the campground this year because I'm old (and I had $30). It was nice that Joe and Mel unloaded the truck and set up our tent while we were in line! We found that quite a few of our party was already there and the early arivals had made an excellent choice of campsites and without a doubt the largest we had ever had here at Three Sisters Park.
Something about Summer Camp is familiar. Just after you have set up your stuff and sit down for the first time there is a feeling that you've been here, not BEFORE, but continuiously. Just like you never left. It is eerie but used correctly can be very helpful.
|It rained alot, which is not evident in the pix. Our tents stayed dry though unlike our feet. I lost my shoes the first day and got pretty comfortable walking in the mud.|
|Friday while getting some vendor food we heard somebody tearing up the Camp Stage. I mean really ripping it up. We started to walk that way figuring it would be over before we got there. Not only was it still going on but went on for like ten minutes! Getting up close to the stage we could see U-Melt was on but sitting in was Chuck! Friends I don't think I have ever seen such an energetic performance! Sorry but didn't have a camera with me at the time. You should have BEEN there!
Speaking of being there, we missed Erin this year. In her honor no beer bongs and no horns were permitted. Maybe next year.
|The pickin' workshop on Saturday was well worth the time. Cornmeal was onstage and joined by Vince Herman. A good time was had by all! Anybody could join in, wish I had carried the guitar in from the car. Met up with fellow Kansans there but unfortunatly lost their myspace. Anybody know Darrin Nedie?|
|Remember that eerie feeling I mentioned? Through the whole festival there was a feeling like we have always been here. Like a Twilight Zone episode. I talked about it with others who had the same feeling. Kind of like we temporarily interrupt our lives at Summer Camp to go out and get supplies, but this is where we live. Where we belong. I don't get sad anymore when I have to leave, I just say "I'm going for some veggie lo-mein" and next thing I know.... it's early arrival day again!
Meanwhile we will be tie-dying this weekend to make enough stuff to vend at Wakarusa next week. WakaWaka!
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