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#1 buckland

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 06:15 PM

I consider my self as an aging hippie type in general. You know but with the temperament brought on by 68 years of reality. I like the old saying that one needs to walk the  spiritual path with practical feet.  I understand peoples need to experience the community and peace that meeting in the wild enhances. I am a big fan of Thoreau.

But.

When the impact of doing so causes ham to the place you are celebrating in, perhaps an inward reflection on selfishness needs to take place.  

 

Here is an article that I think speaks very clearly to this point. 

 

In the same year the Rainbow Family established their non-organization, 1972, the legal scholar Christopher Stone advanced a provocative argument that has merits pertaining to current concerns about Rainbow Family’s plan to occupy Adams Park...

 
 

 


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Posted 03 July 2022 - 06:43 PM

I didn’t realize that bunch still existed.  Disappointing…


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Posted 03 July 2022 - 08:08 PM

We arrived in Montana's Big Hole about a week after the end of the year 2000 gathering.  We passed through the Skinner Meadows while a few dozen Rainbows were still cleaning up, an exercise which appeared to consist of piling up 10'  high piles of debris of all types and setting them on fire.  Not the best of ideas in mid-July in far southwestern Montana. There were at least a dozen vehicles strewn about which had clearly driven their last mile. Something tells me they didn't succeed in removing them--no heavy equipment in sight ,just a bunch of individuals and beater cars and vans.  The State of Montana, Beaverhead County, and the USFS compiled figures for the costs to the public in terms of emergency services in the field and in the one hospital in the county--some 65 miles from Skinner Meadows.  I don't recall the amount, but it was astronomical.  Then, the Rainbows decided to bestow themselves on Skinner Meadows a second time--2013 I think.  Suffice it to say, the Rainbows have few friends among the locals in Beaverhead County, Montana.

 

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Posted 03 July 2022 - 08:32 PM

I didn’t realize that bunch still existed.  Disappointing…

 

Same.


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Posted 03 July 2022 - 09:30 PM

Unfortunately I've heard this same story repeated over and over. Glad I've never run into them. I ran into the Mormons again on my Antelope Lake trip doing their handcart reenactment (https://en.wikipedia...ndcart_pioneers). I didn't closely inspect their campsite after they were done but from a distance I couldn't see any sign they had been there. 


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Posted 03 July 2022 - 10:32 PM

This was initial article I read and happened to know someone quoted (not a participant) and I contacted her... she pointed me to the article I first posted.

 


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Posted 04 July 2022 - 01:31 AM

Unfortunately I've heard this same story repeated over and over. Glad I've never run into them. I ran into the Mormons again on my Antelope Lake trip doing their handcart reenactment (https://en.wikipedia...ndcart_pioneers). I didn't closely inspect their campsite after they were done but from a distance I couldn't see any sign they had been there. 

 

Yeah, my nephew, his wife and 4 kids did a big stretch of the handcart reenactment through Wyoming into Utah several years ago. My Great-great grandfather came across the plains with Brigham Young from Nauvoo Illinois on the original trek west. I have the old family book on him: Thomas Grover. His old sharps rifle is on display in the basement museum of the old Fillmore Utah courthouse. Lots of stories.


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Posted 05 July 2022 - 12:38 PM

What are the chances that these itinerant hippies are gonna pay fines?

 

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Posted 10 July 2022 - 05:29 PM

While crossing Wyoming on I-80 yesterday and the day before, we saw Rainbows loaded up and heading East at what looked like around 35 mph in a caravan of old school buses and vans.  In Evanston, WY we observed an obviously well-practiced panhandling routine at a Maverick fuel plaza/C-store.  A group of 5 or 6 men and women pulled in driving an old van with 4 beat-up red plastic gasoline cans tied to a roof rack.  They were empty cans and the individuals would walk over to the pump islands one at a time panhandling for gasoline while their marks were filling their own tanks.  A little more direct than asking for $$, and clearly very successful--at least every second or third person they put the touch on would give them some fuel before putting the pump away.  They'd rotate personnel and would wait for a whole new group of fuelers to arrive and walk a tour again.

 

Pretty odd-looking group, and easily the dirtiest we've seen outside of third world countries.  Can't be much fun to live that way.

 

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Posted 23 July 2022 - 01:19 PM

The annual aftermath...

 

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