We spontaneously bought tickets for the “Arise” music festival while having our amazing burgers and beers in Boulder when we first showed up. It wasn’t exactly cheap, but it was worth it. This was Lauren’s first ever festival and my first in probably 12 years or so. We packed up camp late as usual and got off to a late start. We stopped at a wal-mart which was not unintentionally about 100 yards across the county border for Boulder. We “Rented” an EZ-Up shelter and a few camping chairs and got some supplies for the weekend. After the festival, the shelter was a mess of twisted metal which we conveniently returned for full price with no questions asked. I have no guilt taking advantage of wal-mart.
The festival was a blast, we had great neighbors on both sides. Chad, Brenda, Rachel and friends were a riot. On the other side, we had Tom, Laura, Jay and Steph. We had great times just sitting around talking at the campsites. The music was initially a bit of a disappointment. Maybe festivals have changed a lot, or maybe this was more of a hip-hop oriented show, but there was an awful lot of rap and rave music the first two days. Sunday was outstanding though with The Travelling McCourys and Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band ultimately getting together for “The Grateful Ball” which was hours of bluegrass Dead covers… Awesome!
On Saturday afternoon, a huge storm came through the festival and a microburst basically levelled the campground. There were coleman tents scattered all over the place and we were thankful to have the MSR and have staked it down well. Our rented EZ-Up on the other hand did not fare so well. We spent the storm trying to hold it down and lost. The cheap aluminum bent and broke and it was all but destroyed. During the storm, Chad was next to us holding his shelter in similar fashion… Laughing maniacally throughout the whole ordeal like Lt. Dan during the Hurricane!
Gorilla tape and ingenuity allowed us to use the shelter for the rest of the weekend and we were able to return it no questions asked.
Another highlight was spending the evening with Rachael who lost her shoes and we started about 50 people chanting for Rachael to put her shoes on. (She was having a rough time that evening).
We also met Roxy and Ben at a tent promoting Elevation Outdoors magazine. We hung out and chatted for an hour about hiking, biking and life. There was also Summer who was a Pre-K teacher making a little money on the side at the festival.
It continued to rain throughout the weekend, but we had an awesome time. After packing out of Monday morning, the truck battery was dead and a good Samaritan gave us a jump. We got back to civilization and spent a few days in a hotel to wait out some weather and get ready for the bikepacking trip. We planned to leave Thursday but in true Orlosky fashion, we spent 4 hours packing the bikes in a parking garage to get out of the rain. Then we decided instead of being miserable we’d just get another hotel and leave in the morning. We decided to celebrate the selling of the kayaks with some steaks and wine/beer which was a good decision. The next morning, the trip really started.