Sunday, July 13, 2014

Feelin' Groovy

Brandon went to a conference in Logan this week. Adrie went with a friend to Snowbird Resort. That left four of us to relax at home...and have a little fun too.
For our Wednesday activity, Kate chose to visit the local hot springs. For as much as we like to play tourist and for as few touristy things there are locally it's a wonder we haven't been here before?!  I guess there is a right time for everything and boy did we get lucky. As we later found out it was HIPPIE CONVENTION 2014 with the Rainbow Family Gathering.


 Also on the premises was a pond full of colorful goldfish or Koi. Looks as though they are swimming in the clouds.

 If we were feeling really groovy we could have rented one of these to camp in. No kidding.
  As we were leaving relaxed from a hot soak, more hippies started trickling in. They were all very friendly. One dude with a pile of dredlocks on his head and a big yellow-stained toothy smile asked me where I was from. When I told him I was a local and that this was my first time he said, "You picked a great day because it is the Rainbow Family Gathering." He explained that it was all about peace and love, man.
The gathering I learned later from Wiki started in the 60's and 70's, is anti-commercial, all about being one with the earth, and yes full of peace and love, man.  Up to 10,000 gather at a time annually in a different national park. For all the peace there are always plenty of arrests for anything from urinating in public to nudity to drugs. What a cultural experience for us and in the middle of nowhere!

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