|This is our just-finished-packing-on-the-first-warm-day-of-our-campout-pooped picture.|
Meet Megan, who was my college roommate for my last two years at PSU. She has a son about Jacob’s age. Every couple of years we try to get together to hang out. We aren’t formal about it or anything, but in recent years we’ve been able to take turns with visits and the last time we spent time together was at Dave’s family reunion in 2008 (I think it was 2008….).
So this time it was the Vollmers’ turn to make a trip up a bit closer to Megan; we discussed getting together for a mother/son campout somewhere between Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. The Poconos and Catskills came to mind. Megan found out that her favorite music group, Michael Franti and Spearhead, were headlining the Wanderlust Yoga Festival near Stratton, Vermont at the same time we were planning to get together. We decided to go!
Michael Franti’s uplifting music is a lot of fun to listen to, his most recent album, The Sound of Sunshine, is so full of fun and happiness. His band is well known for their Top 20 hit “Say Hey (I Love You)“.
We met up at Bald Mountain Campground near Townshend, Vermont. The weather was pretty rainy and cool most of our time there, with high temperatures near 60F. I wrote more about the camping itself earlier this week.
I will be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest yoga enthusiast! I have gone to classes before, I know the basic moves, and I guess I’m okay at it. When I saw the other music groups involved there turned out to be a couple of bands that my sister really likes and have heard before and cinched even more that it would be a good time.
Because of the kids (and our lack of enthusiasm for yoga), we didn’t sign up for any yoga classes but there was still plenty to do before the music. I think it was in part due to the rain, but the concert went later than we thought, and I have to admit my kids were pretty tired by the time it started. And they were wet. But when they broke out several dozen beach balls to toss around the crowds during the song “Sound of Sunshine“, the kids suddenly got pretty happy! Enjoy some pictures from our day!
|The festival was held at the Stratton Ski Resort village, these stilt-walkers were roaming the festival.|
|I thought these pop-up recycling bins were cool. One of the openings was actually for compost!|
|A circus performer was teaching the kids to spin plates, use “diabolos“, and juggle beanbags|
|An acrobatic act was going on right in front of us while the kids were enjoying their juggling lessons.|
|Another stilt-walker. Note the low clouds coming over the mountain — it rained off and on all day.|
|Michael Franti led a yoga session. We stood at the back of the tent and listened.|
|These are the Mayapuris, a Krishna-inspired kirtan band from Alachua, Florida. Their music was so wonderful!|
|I only had my iPhone camera on this trip, so it was working extra hard to capture concert pictures after sunset! Here’s Michael Franti himself!|