Thursday, August 18, 2011

Phish at The Gorge, WA. August 5th and 6th 2011

It was quite an amazing time at the Gorge. Phish started their second leg of tour up in George, Washington at the Gorge. We stopped in Tahoe before making our way up so that we could unload all of the extra stuff that we would not need for the weekend to make room for stock.

We left 2 days before the Gorge shows to drive up from Tahoe. It was about an 850 mile journey to get up there. We carpooled up to the Gorge with our Tahoe friends. It was really fun riding with the kids instead of just driving on our own. We made it about 6 PM the day before Phish played and there were already at least 50 vendors with spots claimed on shakedown. We did some finagling and managed to squeeze into the main intersection area right behind Louie and his Jerry Rolls and Falafel.


We ended up having lots of space to spread out which was really awesome because we had a lot of stuff to sell. I brought my nice crystals and gemstones, we had our usual beverages, picked up some chips, and we also grabbed a bunch of general store type items. We had all the little trinkets and necessities that people would forget or use and need. Earplugs were a very popular item. so were little flashlights.



We came here for Phish and made it into the music both nights. It was a really epic weekend. Here are some shots



Thursday, August 04, 2011

Trip Log 11808 Oregon Travel Tips Traveling to the Gorge for Phish.

We rode with our friends out of Reno on a trip towards the Gorge WA. We tried to get out during the day but ended up eating together at about dinner time. We grabbed some In and Out before heading out on 395 N.

Oregon is a weird state. They have lots of strange laws that I really don't understand. Why is 55 mph the speed limit on the Highways when most other states are 60-75? Also you are not allowed to pump your own gasoline in Oregon. So if you are heading through Oregon at night, none of the stations are open and the pumps are locked. I guess they don't think people are smart enough to pump their own gas in Oregon in the middle of the night?  It was really frustrating because we were trying to carpool with our friends from Tahoe. They drive a sprinter which gets way better gas mileage than us and about the same size tank. So we got about halfway across the state and it was about 4 AM. We tried to stop at a couple pumps and we got it to take the card, we even found a nozzle that wasn't locked, it told us to start pumping, and didn't do anything. So instead of being able to stay with our friends, we had to stay in a little town in Oregon to wait until the gas station opened.

We all needed to get to the Gorge as soon as possible, so them staying would probably have meant that we would have ended up farther back on shakedown in not as good of a spot. As it turns out, they ended up catching a little sleep up the road from us. We slept until about 7 AM when Flowski woke up to see if there was anyone around to help us. There was nobody for half an hour, when a nice older couple pulls up to the pump. Brandon hopped out and went over to ask a couple questions. He asked what time the station opened and she replied about 8 AM. At this point we really just wanted to get back on the road and another half an hour was like torture. Flowski asked her if we could get some gas because she was pumping it herself. She said sure and helped us get back on the road.  I guess she had some kind of a commercial gas card that let her fill up whenever. I think that is pretty unfair to the rest of the people that can't get gas at night or whenever it is needed.

We found the kids down the road a ways taking a little nap and continued to travel together. We made it to Bend Oregon together where we needed to wrap up our shopping by finding some ice and a few other things we were missing, so we parted ways again and found the Costco.

Thank goodness for Costco, this one in Bend Oregon specifically. Many of the Costco's we have been to do not carry ice, but this one did. $2.25 for a 20 pound bag of ice is way better than Wal-Mart at $3.89 for the same weight. So we got 500 pounds to take with us and we found the Gatorades that we were missing. Glad we found that Costco, we needed it.

Now we are all set and ready to get to the venue. We are driving through Washington right now, about 40 miles away from the Gorge in George, WA. Flowski has been driving with the heat on because the motor has been running a little warm, so it's 87 degrees outside and it feels like 95 in the van even with the windows open. But it's the day before Phish plays two nights at the Gorge and they are letting us camp there tonight so it is reminiscent of a festival. I am excited this is gonna be another epic time at the Gorge.

Trip Log 11059 Miles Almost Home

We had a fun time at the Collegiate Peaks Music festival in Colorado with our friends from Alma. We partied hard to Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams.

After the shows, we parked over at a nearby rose quartz mine that we knew of to camp for the night. So when we woke up, it was crystal mining time. I have been to the rose quartz mine a few times so it was really easy to find some pink quartz. There was also some black tourmaline and dark smoky quartz around that we gathered up.

We drove straight from Denver to Reno with only a few hours of rest on the Wyoming Utah border at the Wal-Mart. Flowski likes the upper route with the least time in Utah and avoiding the loneliest highway so we drove up through Steamboat Springs and up into Wyoming then caught 80 across.

We almost made it to Tahoe. We ran out of cash and money on the debit card. We scraped and counted change to get us the last 100 miles and we ran out about 13 miles from Reno. If we had made it to Reno in time, we would have been able to trade in a couple silver rounds to make it home. But, because we ran out of gas and had to count out nickels to the gas station attendant the coin shop was closed by the time we made it into Reno on fumes. So we had to call Scotty to come save us.

Thank goodness for Scotty, he rode up on my XT250 motorcycle from Tahoe to bring us a little cash to make it home and save our kiesters.

Now we just need to re-organize everything tomorrow, shop and get up to the Gorge for 2 epic nights of Phish.

Trip Log 11228 On our way to the Gorge for Phish!

We are packed and organized and ready.  It took all day but we are more prepared coming into the Gorge than we usually are.  We unloaded a bunch of the large in-matrix heavy rocks for the weekend to make room for beverages and supplies to sell.

We had to cash some checks and get the mail when we got to town. It's really nice to have a home base that you can stop into and get stuff done. Everyone wanted to say hi and hang out but we just didn't have any time. We will be back after the Gorge before Phish plays in our home town of South Lake Tahoe on the 9th and 10th of August.

We met up with our awesome Tahoe friends and we are gonna caravan up to the Gorge with them. It is nice traveling with another vehicle. You know that friends are close by.