LIB 2017 – LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

It was a last-minute decision to attend the LIB 2017 music festival in Bradley, California. This was a gathering of peaceful souls who all came to let loose and free their spirits. I met so many people, it was amazing. It’s hard to compete with the connectivity you feel when going to a festival like this. It really is a step in the right direction for humanity. You don’t get people approaching you and making friends in everyday life. Society has mastered separation and it’s unfortunate. I like the feeling of togetherness and unconditional love I get from festivals like this.

Purchasing an early entry ticket for an extra $60.00 was well worth it. I scored a campsite that was way closer to the entrance gates than most others who arrived Thursday.  Also, I had my bike which made it even faster to get down to the party. It was challenging finding a level spot to park Da PeaceTrain as the majority of the camping spots were on sloping hills. I was the first one to start a second row behind the campers on the main road. It wasn’t long before I started a trend, the area I chose filled up really quickly after I set up shop. It was so random that we made a small community of 4 single guys. We all became friends and I will stay in contact with them for sure.

The LIB festival…

…boasts some of the most creative stages and theatrical venues. There were all sorts of places to get lost in and enjoy the shows. Everything from burlesque dancing to fire throwing and speed dating! I was also told by some veteran LIB goers that this year was the best year to come. There was actually water in the lake this year as California has experienced heavy rain all winter and most of the spring. This made for a nice place to cool off as it was very hot during the days. Apparently the lake was a mud hole for the last three years. I was lucky enough to meet a friend who I nicknamed Little Bear and she had a floaty for us to use! We were joined at the hip for the last 3 days and I feel very fortunate we met. It really was incredible how many people I talked to  and had an amazing connection with.

I found out about several other upcoming festivals that would fit right in to my lifestyle on the road. I will have to keep selling my art to sustain this pricey habit, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Also I will look into volunteering or working for the festivals to get a free ticket and even better camp spots. I met a few people who work for companies that build the stages and work for the vendors. Shouldn’t be too hard to line something up in the future.

For those of you who have never…

…attended a music festival like this, what are you waiting for? The time is now! There are lots of big festivals and even smaller ones all over the world that will be sure to fill your musical needs! It truly is transforming to attend one of these events, you’ll never regret it! With that said, I’ll wrap this up. Don’t ever be afraid to play like a kid and dance like nobody is watching. It’s liberating and can make an impact on the way you treat others and YOURSELF!!

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming events!!

ONELOVE

JD

Living off-grid in Washington state

Waking up in a different part of the country everyday is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a great feeling stepping out of the van to take in the beautiful scenery that surrounds me. Here’s my camp for the first night, a little 4×4 pullout that had great views of the Grand Coulee Dam.

There’s two sides to every coin however.Being a van dweller with a goal to spend the least amount of money to see the whole country has its challenges. Last night for instance. I was in the downtown Seattle area as it was getting dark. Thinking to myself, I should make my way out-of-town to find a good rest stop for the night. So I looked up the nearest truck stop/rest area on the GPS. After arriving, I noticed this rest stop had been out of commission for years. It was now 10:30pm and I was tired. I had to drive around for a while to find a pullout on a country road that was big enough for Da PeaceTrain. I slept well despite the inconvenient place I chose to call home for the night. 

Now I’m on a mission to find a shower!

I just got denied by Anytime Fitness to purchase a membership because I don’t live here. The manager was not very understanding of my journey and he gave me a bad vibe a soon as I walked in. Thinking this was going to be my meal ticket for showers and gym privileges. Unfortunately I was mistaken and now I’m back to the drawing board.  Using wifi now seeking out less expensive campsites with showers and bathrooms. I will figure this out soon but it had me a bit frazzled this morning when I got shut down. I am glued to my computer before making any big decisions on where to go next. The coast is calling my name so I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up there tonight 😉

Cheers and thanks for reading!

JD