Rainbow Gathering Hippie USA! What an adventure!
This is a story about one of the funniest creative trips of my lifetime.
Hippie Town U.S.A.
As a young adult just 18 my best friend and I embarked on a journey. This is my story of hippie town U.S.A. Torn between what was in store in the future and what was already in the past I looked in the mirror and said you can do this. My partner in crime called she said are you ready? Of course I said, come on.
10 minutes later the car pulled up. I grabbed a couple of outfits and we were on the road. My best friend was a free-spirit much like myself. We were partial to flow where ever the wind would carry us. Her father was the driver. Bird was his name. He was in and out of her life much of her life. He was a carefree person who was in Cali and two weeks later liable to be in Florida I guess we just wanted an adventure, well we got one. I remember saying are there going to be chairs there.. My teenage perception was daunting as I imagined what it would be like. Traveling from West Virginia to Michigan. Before we got a flat. We pulled into a bootleg shop on the side of someones house. This was probably the first time I had felt afraid since we left. Sitting out side of this house I can still remember the way they looked at me. It was short lived they were finished and here we were on the road again.
While in Michigan we realized that we had it all wrong, the gathering wasn't in Michigan it was in Montana. We only had enough supplies to get to Michigan, so here we are my friend and I pan handling at truck stops asking for 20 bucks. Surprisingly the truckers helped us they gave money to us freely. We were on the road again. Making our way to the unknown. Ugh I thought we would never get there. Four days on the road, sleeping in the car, being pulled over in Iowa I thought it would never end. I was ready to see Montana.There it is the sign welcome to Montana. Wow it looked like something in a western. For real barns everywhere ew ew ewy ew woow woow woow. We were here. On the way Bird told us stories of previous gatherings. He told us to beware of A camp. It was the only place in the gathering where people drank alcohol. He said it is pretty rough. We pulled up and I saw that it was nothing like I expected. Beaverhead national Forrest . There were people everywhere. All walks of life. It was an experience of a lifetime. I took a deep breath as we walked through. Looking around everyone was happy and hugging. Which could have been great except a lot of people wore no deodorant. The girls didn't shave there's nothing like a voice say hello sister 6 inch pit hair and arms around you before you know it. As we walked from one end of he told us the run down of this things went. I looked around with a smile on my face. This was going to be great out in the open Forrest camping Almost. We decided to camp at Jehovah camp. Then it was on. We set up our tent and was off to see wonder unknown.We had adapted to our new names and introduced ourselves as Spirit and Star. The time was freeing and there were so many new people to meet. Everyone was wrapped in so much love.
The daily activity was fun you woke up with the sun shinning and a whole new adventure, there were camp to visit music to hear. One of my favorite things was the trading circle. It was amazing. You could trade almost anything.
Then of course there was the meal circle:Once a day everyone joined in a circle with there own utensils of course and was served what ever it was that day. I can tell you this the food was nothing like cooking on a stove a lot of time there was no meat involved. Lots of Garlic. If you were hungry at other times you could cook at your camp or go to others camps. However every thing was shared so nothing lasted to long. I did lose fifteen pounds in 2 weeks lol.
At night there was another scene the fire circle this was a little freaky for me. People would dance around the fire and play drums sing. Over all I love this adventure and those I met along the way.I found that it was once in a lifetime things for me.
While there my friend's Dad gave our car away and he was going on his way to Cali after the gathering. We hitch a ride with some other goer's back home. I guess that is when I decided it would be the last time for me. I wouldn't trade my time there for anything. It was a beautiful experience and the people were awesome.