Pretty lights, yes please
Dancing until my feet hurt
I had my very first music festival experience recently. As a young person in my late twenties, I feel a bit of a late bloomer but better late than never, right?!
I met my old grad school friend in Philadelphia and we took a shuttle to New York, where the festival happened. We arrived early Thursday evening and departed Sunday afternoon. Each day was jam-packed with famous and up-and-coming bands and DJs. We spent one to two months preparing for this event. We bought our tickets ahead of time. I made multiple lists of things to bring and buy and consulted with my buddy. I was generously supplied a small first aid kit by a medical professional friend and borrowed this same person’s sleeping bag (thank you!). I bought a sleeping pad, a backpack, a flashlight and various toiletry items. A few things I wish I could have brought include: a battery-operated fan, a cooler with ice, a camping canopy with folding chairs, and water by the gallon. Of course, that would have been made more possible had we traveled with a car of our own.
The vibes were great. Everyone was happy (off of life and perhaps a bit of happy drugs) and ready to meet new people. We met one person who had gone at least five times.
This was our first time at this event. Definitely a very memorable one for the both of us. 🙂
One (almost tragic) event occurred. On the last night, my camera did something wacky where I thought I had accidentally deleted ALL of my photos.
I was sad for this loss. Luckily, I had been very selective with my photos and only wanted the good stuff so it was not like 100 photos were missing. Still pretty bummed though. But what else could I do? Mope around on my very last night there?! No thanks.
Miraculously, the photos reappeared when I tried to upload the one photo I thought I only had onto my computer. Hooray! If you could only imagine my joy when they reappeared.
I guess the one tidbit I forgot to include in this story is that I finally buckled down and purchased a new digital camera since 2004. This was my first picture-taking experience with this camera so I had one of those…”you-should’ve-known” moments.
Now that I am back to reality and civilization, I can deeply appreciate flushing toilets and showering with water pressure. I have included a few photos for you to see a little bit of what I (and others) experienced.