so i know you all missed me! i got home thursday from Tennessee. it was so much fun! Bonnaroo was insane, we got there around noon on thursday the 10th, and hit traffic only after getting off on the Bonnaroo exit, so on the little two lane road going in to the farm, so it only took us an hour to get in and we ended up getting a really lucky camping spot. they have the fields divided up in to "blocks" with street signs and such, so we were on the same block as the "watering hole" as we liked to call it. which, in bajillion degree heat with no shade is quite a plus. we were also only about a five minute walk to Centeroo, the area where all the stages were. anyway, never before have i seen so many dirty hippies and so much open drug use. seriously, it was insane. there are vendor tents set up alongside the makeshift roads, people selling all kinds of food and stuff, and then just walking around, every other person offered you drugs under their breath, or simply held up packs of ciggarettes while shouting "Molly! rolls! shrooms!" i was offered every drug there is, and the night we were looking for weed it was actually a challenge to find. sometimes it was hard to find food without pot in it. but you get used to all the drugs fast, and when we left we kept expecting everyone we saw to be offering us drugs as they walked by.
but i was scarred for life, Glenn and i were walking by the first aid tent and we saw these guys holding down this boy, he must have been around my age, and he was totally freaking out, his eyes popping out and his chest CONVEX. it scared the shit out of us, he must have been having a bad trip or OD'd or something, but it made me wary of drugs for sure..
anyway, so my favorite acts were the Black Keys and Gillian Welch, especially Gillian, we were standing basically second row (Bobby D was at the same time so she didnt draw a big crowd) and her and her boy David were having so much fun up there, it was amazing. you gotta love her voice. i heard a bunch of others, including Kings of Leon, Los Lonely Boys, Grandaddy, beth orton, part of Dylan, the Dead... i am blanking on the rest.
what else.. oh, on saturday night we had a huge storm and it turned in to woodstock, mud-wise. it was crazy. oh we were a little unlucky in the neighbor department, they were an older couple who made real meals, and the lady really like thong bikinis (a white one and a hot pink one) and sunbathing topless around thier tent. and we saw them naked having sex. silly old people. and by old i mean she was maybe 40 and him 50.. which is old for Bonnaroo when you arent a dirty hippy!
we left sunday afternoon around 3 because none of us were Trey Anastasio fans and we heard it can take 6 hours to get out, so we beat all that. on the way out we noticed how lucky we were, there were people camped like 2 miles away! seriously, i am not a people person, and 90,000 is a lot of people, but everyone is so friendly (stoned off thier asses)and there is so much acreage that i could handle it, since crowds freak me out. so sunday we decided to drive up to the Smokey national forest, got there and set up camp in the dark, and had macaroni and cheese with hot dogs and MILK! it was the greatest meal ever. in the morning we woke up and walked down to the stream and swam, which felt amazing becuase i had never been so dirty in my life, my hair was literally dreading.
so anyway, then we drove to Virginia's aunt and uncle's house up on Clinch mountain, and jesus it was beautiful. seriously, i was in photographer heaven, i wanted to stop every mile at every run down house... but it was really fun, they live in this gorgeous log cabin with thier daughter. their house has a huge back porch and two smaller porches, and we all slept on one of the smaller porches, which isn't screened in and it rained every night. its crazy because there are no mosquitos! but somehow we are all covered in itchy bug bites now, i don't know what they are from. anyway, they took us to Elrod falls, which, since they had so much rain, was rushing and was great... i wasnt ready to come home... i love road trips.
i took 7 rolls of film in 8 days. yes, i am insane. but i am picking them up tomorrow and it will be great.. i want to go back.
so thats my story