Summer is almost here! How can I tell? There are beautiful (outdoor grown) strawberries, the sun is setting later, and there is a different festival every weekend. Oh festival season, how I love you! Time to hunt through my garage for camping gear, the hall closet for faux fur jackets, and my room for the fishnets, face paints, and LED lights that will awaken from their winter hibernation to glow through the season. Bring on the late night bass music, the early morning open-air yoga sessions, the overabundance of feather earrings. Me and GH are ready for you.
I spent the weekend of May 24-28 at Lightning in a Bottle in Silverado, California researching the possibility of GH having a full booth next year. (Um…yes please!) This is hands down one of my favorite festivals in California. The southern Californian location is gorgeous, the Do Lab always goes all out with incredible art installations and live painting, and the vibe is just so much fun.
I, of course, got my groove on to the big names: Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Random Rab, Opiuo, Gaudi; but I had the most fun reciting poetry to late night didgeridoo sessions and renegade DJ sets (shout-out to VITAMINDEVO) then I did on the crowded dance floor. I got my yoga on up the hill at the Temple of Consciousness. I painted faces and hula hooped in the grass during the day. I watched the sunrise a few too many times. I saw lots of old friends, and made too many new ones to keep track of. I had an absolute blast.
My favorite part? Promoting GH, believe it or not. The week before the festival the Hydroponic Gods threw various obstacles at me which prevented me from getting a giant box of stickers to hand out to promote the Stick It To Win It sticker contest. I ended up showing up at the festival empty handed with no GH materials on me at all except one size small women’s tank top from Gaia Festival last year. So what did you think I did Sunday morning at sunrise? I marched around and found the best looking people still dancing past dawn, asked/demanded they put on my shirt, and took pictures of them for your viewing pleasure.
Thank you GH for sending me to Lightning in a Bottle! I’m so excited to be working closer with you this year helping to bring hydroponic knowledge, new product information, bacon, and good vibes to festivals this summer. Look for me and GH at Sonic Bloom, Electric Forest, Gaia Festival, and more. (I promise to have stickers on me.)