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Hey WAKA fans! Let's hear some stories from last year.
Favorite moment in the campground.
Favorite music moment.
One thing that you brought that you never used.
Thing you most wish you had. (like a flashlight, nothing crazy)
Questions I'm wondering 'bout:
Is it easy to get lost? I'm notoriously bad with directions.
And I'm hoping hoping that there is a good recycling program in place and that camps stay litter-free, man, I can't stand litter bugs.
Thanks for listening. Peace.
04-26-2005, 11:03 PM
Thursday night last year was my birthday(friday is my 21st this year!). my friend drew and I went into the venue to check out who was playing, i think it was around 9:00. Drew ended up cowering on the ground in front of the soundboard next to some old dude in a lawn chair. We left the music and entered the woods across the way. There was a picnic table set up in the field adjacent to the entrance to the venue. I think it was in the handicapped camping area, but since it was thursday night there was no one set up yet. We sat on it and there was a big streetlight pouring light down on us. Kinda felt like a spotlight or something. Drew had this great idea that we would 'slip into the shadows'. so we wandered around for a while. The evergreen trees were waving around at us. Drew claimed they were ghosts and were beckoning us to enter their woods.(they really did look like ghosts in the moonlight) After about an hour of this we reemerged and waited for our friends on the picnic table. Drew and company took off for the woods again, while i headed back to the music. the STS9 show seemed to take forever to set up. i swear i was sitting there for like 3 hours... but it was worth it. Lightening outside... thunder inside :D I grew up in kansas, and i **** you not, that night was one of the biggest thunderstorms ive ever been in. It stopped the soundtribe show early, and everyone scrambled to make it back to their campsites. We made it within 100feet before it started to pour on us. We huddled under a canopy thingie set up at the campsite, all of us holding onto it so it didnt blow away. The winds were crazy wild! After that died down a little, all the tents were soaked, so i spent the night in my car seat.
There were so many good acts last year, but one that sticks out in my mind is the leftover salmon + keller williams + theresa anderson on friday night i think, could be wrong. I was very close for that set... danced so hard i felt it for the rest of the fest =)
As far as supplies, i didnt take too much with me. No problems there. The park IS pretty large, but i doubt you could get lost very easily...as far as getting lost on the way, the directions are VERY easy to follow, you should have no troubles finding the place.
I helped clean up the park after the festival was over last year. There was a lot of trash all over the place, but i dont think theres really much one can do to help this. Trash cans were placed everywhere, along with several huge trash receptacles near the entrance.
I hope this is enough info, i know theres probably someone else who can tell you more about the details of things. Also, things will probably not be exactly the same as last year, hopefully the better for all!
Much thanks for the story, I'll keep my eyes peeled Friday for someone that looks like they're having lots of fun!! :D
You're a good man, Charlie Brown.
Raw Shok Test
05-01-2005, 11:42 AM
I've got a coupla camping stories, one Waka, one Grateful Dead:
I was living in Colorado last year and drove out to Wakarusa solo, hoping to run into people that I knew from Kansas (I grew up here). I got to Waka somewhat early on Thursday and there were already tons of people set up, and I got directed to a camping spot that I wasn't very happy with--I was just off of Wakarusa Way and even closer to the generators for the Campground Stage. I figured that there wasn't anything that I could do about it, so I set up my tent and went to play a round of disc golf. After my round I was heading back to my tent when I ran into a couple that I kinda knew from Boulder and they told me that they had a great spot with plenty of room still around them. That's all that I needed to hear, so I ripped up my tent and drove over to where they were, and it was a great spot! We ended up hanging out for the entire weekend, became really good friends, and are planning on camping together again this year.
I was reminded of this particular story by CWalk's ghost story: Back in '93 me and a couple of friends decided at the last minute to go to a Grateful Dead show just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Since it was last minute, we didn't have a hotel room (not that we could afford it) or anyplace else to stay...so after the first show we drove around until we found a park where we could crash in the car. We were still kinda trippin' from the show and were in no frame of mind to go to sleep, so we were keeping each other amused by tricking ourselves into thinking that ghosts were coming out of the woods. Each of us would stare at the trees until we thought that we'd seen something, then we'd scream and the other two would laugh at the guy that screamed. This went on for a while with each guy seeing his own \"ghosts\" until I saw what was a ghost. The woods were to our right and behind us, but out of the corner of my eye I saw a figure floating toward us on my left side. I started screaming, but instead of laughing at me my friend in the passenger seat looked to the left and started screaming too! This got the guy in the backseat screaming, because it was the first time that night that any of us had seen what anyone else was seeing. So there we were, screaming at the ghost--when all of a sudden it stopped moving, changed direction, and left. We all became silent, until I said, \"you guys saw that, right?\" They said that they did and were freaked out, so we quit our little game and turned on some music to calm ourselves, but we still kept an eye out for whatever it was that we saw. We finally got to sleep, and in the morning we were still the only people in that part of the park, but we could see a group of fellow freaks up in another parking area. After a while, one of those guys rode down to where we were on his bike to see what we were up to. After a little chit-chat, he asked if we were there all night, we said 'yes', and he asked us what in the hell we were screaming about. We told him about our 'ghost game' and the real ghost that we saw, and he informed us that the ghost was just him on his bike and when we all started screaming he stopped and went back to his car. So needless to say, we were all pretty embarassed as he laughed his ass off at us, and even more embarassed when he went back and told his friends and they all erupted in laughter.
05-01-2005, 11:57 AM
lol!! Holy funnyness. Thanks for sharing, I needed that :o :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
05-01-2005, 12:42 PM
i literally thought i was going to die. that storm was insane...
if u want the full story i will giv it to ya
05-02-2005, 10:31 PM
:D yay! waka funness! have you guys seen the waka-van yet? its totally rad! I just saw it parked outside the bottleneck this evening. as the festival approaches i feel an unresistable urge to *boogy down*
I hope everyone is gettin as pumped as I am. (i know you are)
05-04-2005, 05:44 PM
there IS something you can do about all the trash--make sure you put yours in the proper place and encourage others to do the same--I always make a point of bending over and picking up peoples **** when they put it on the ground right in front of them. They always get emberrassed and apologize.
those stories rock!
im not scared of ghosts though, they just wanna play!
05-05-2005, 01:37 PM
The storm was wild!! We started out in our tent kind of early. We were exhausted from the day!! After feeling rain drops falling on our head we moved to the back of the van. Our friends camped next to us had already made it to their car. We all watched as the wind ripped their tent from the ground and blew it away! We found it the next morning out in the field all mangled. Our tent never dried out. We all slept in our cars all weekend! Did not put a damper on the fun, though. We coming back for more this year! :D
One thing I wish I had packed last year was a jacket or something warm to wear and maybe an extra blanket!! Chilly nights!
05-24-2005, 05:36 PM
Another storm story: My friend Brad and I arrived at the campgrounds about an hour before the sun would set on friday night and began setting up our tent and meeting our neighbors. One of our neighbors turned out to be a local who was there solo . He seemed like a nice guy and would be valuable source of info throughout the fest. As we were setting up, I insisted to brad that we set up everything inculding the huge 12 x 15 pavillion we brought. It took some convincing as brad was clearly intent, and rightly so, on geeting up to the satges. My nagging won out and we began the arguous task of assembleing the fifty or so peices. As we were beggining, our local neighbor warned that a storm was forcasted for the area, but as a long time resident of the midwestern states I felt that summer storms were relatively docile so we continued and set up a pretty kick ass camp site.
After the long set up Brad and I hopped on our bikes and cruised up to the venue to catch so many bands that I can't quite remember who the first one was. I certainly know who that last band was that night though: STS9. THey took awhile to setup but those who waited the 45 minutes were rewarded with one hell of a show.
When the set was cut short because of the hurracaine outside the tent we felt that maybe running for cover as if our lives depended on it was a good idea. We jumped on our bikes and pedaled through what seemed like drive through car wash back to our camp site. As we arrived at our camp I was having a hard time finding our tent through the dim light from my headlamp and the constant shower. Quilckly I learned that the reason i didn't reconize our camp was that our pavillion was some fifty yards away. I ran to retrieve the mangled pavillion and dragged it back to where brad was franticaly to keep our our tent from uprooting as well. As I was staking down the broken bars and canvas that was our pavillion I recieved one hell of shock that put me right on my ass in the swampy ground. Frustraded , Brad and I said \"**** it\" realizing that the onlyI way we could keep our flooded tent from flying away was to put our bodies in it and crash. Luckily I was piss drunk rather than booming or something so I passed out relativley easy considering the apocalypse outside.
We woke up shivering in soaked sleeping bags and realized that we weren't dead, so we cleaned up the mess and headed into Lawrence to crash for a few hours at our friend's apartment. The important thing is that we didn't let the storm ruin the rest of the fest for us.
P.S. If you are our local nieghbor from the story and u recognize yourself,(sorry I can't remember your name) write back b/c I still have your bowl that you left. Peace.
06-01-2005, 05:39 PM
Hmmm, well, we missed early arrival revival and all...
Not much was goin on since it had stormed the night before.
Favorite moment....way too many. I think I really enjoyed falling asleep to music, live music...that was so cool, and waking up to it, and living it...
Shopping was fun, all the vendors and things they had to offer, and cheap, too!
Food, lots of it and everywhere, dif. ethnicities and veg. options also.
Bathrooms sucked, lines lines lines, I guess that can't really be helped.
You won't get lost, you can request maps, and they have brochures there for the whole weekend with info on artists, stages, maps, camping, activities, etc.
All in all, it's really just as fun as you make it. If you are looking for a crappy time, you'll have one. But if you let go and enjoy yourself, it'll be great. There weren't even fights last year, no theft or anything that I know of. So, if you do get lost, enjoy it, it'll be interesting, and you'll probably make some new friends(really hard not to).
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