Ode to Pickathon

Before I endlessly extol the virtues of Pickathon and bombard you with pics, a quick truck update.  Insurance ended up totaling out our Ford F250 (RIP, you were a damn fine truck) so Bill started a frantic search for a new truck before we had to tow the Airstream out to Pickathon.  We had less than a week but he scored a great deal on a brand spankin' new Chevy Silverado (current nickname: Sadie) and we were able to leave for Pickathon with the Airstream on Wednesday AM, which was our original plan.  Whew!  

For those of you who haven't heard Bill and I carry on about the magic music festival called Pickathon, it's definitely one of the events we look forward to all year.   We have both been on the volunteer photo crew for the past four years, which gets us a free pass for the weekend in exchange for two 6 hour shifts.    For the past three years, we have brought the Airstream with us (there are a very small number of RV camping passes available for purchase each year).  I fully admit to being a spoiled Pickathoner.  Camping in the woods of Pendarvis Farm is included in all weekend festival tickets and there is definitely an appeal to hanging up a hammock in the woods and being lulled to sleep by the music from one of 5 stages but I'm getting old and dragging around a bunch of photo gear to/from the campsite gets old pretty quick.   But we also love being able to host friends who need a break in the A/C (thank you rental generator for running our AC this year in the 105 degree temps!), or a cold drink or non-porta-potty bathroom break.  

Every year the tiny cynic that lives inside Pollyanna Heather thinks 'oh, they can't possibly live up to last year' or 'this will be the year the vibe changes' but I've been going for 6 years and every year is flat-out magic.   Even Bill, the resident Rivet & Roam curmudgeon, embraces the magic - including all the "feral children of Pickathon" running around.   I highly recommend checking it out.  It's a bit spendy but every year there are tons of opportunities to volunteer in exchange for a ticket.  Over 1,500 of the people attending the fest are volunteers! And even if you haven't heard of most of the bands, I can guarantee you will go home with at least 4-5 new favorites.   This year, my new obsessions include Priests, Sweet SpiritBilly Strings and Charles Bradley (swoon! And yes, I did snag one of the roses he handed out at the end of his set on the Woods Stage)  One of Bill's highlights was seeing Huun-Huur-Tu (a Mongolian throat singing band) late at night on the Starlight Stage.

I could babble forever about the awesome-ness that is Pickathon but it's time for the pictures!  I also have a couple galleries on my website from 2015 and 2016 - so if you want more Pickathon - head to www.heatherbinns.net.

Twilight at the Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Bill)

Twilight at the Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Bill)

Gorgeous light in the woods (photo by Bill)

Gorgeous light in the woods (photo by Bill)

Start 'em young!  (photo by Bill)

Start 'em young!  (photo by Bill)

Who doesn't love a good ole-fashioned dusty square dance?  (photo by Bill)

Who doesn't love a good ole-fashioned dusty square dance?  (photo by Bill)

Twins and Mandolin Orange - can you get any cuter??  (photo by Bill)

Twins and Mandolin Orange - can you get any cuter??  (photo by Bill)

Tank and the Bangas at the Treeline Stage (photo by Bill)

Tank and the Bangas at the Treeline Stage (photo by Bill)

Moshin' to Meatbodies at the Treeline Stage (photo by Bill)

Moshin' to Meatbodies at the Treeline Stage (photo by Bill)

You can't have Pickathon without the horses (photo by Bill)

You can't have Pickathon without the horses (photo by Bill)

Thursday eve square dance at Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Heather)

Thursday eve square dance at Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Heather)

Even Spiderman loves Pickathon (photo by Heather)

Even Spiderman loves Pickathon (photo by Heather)

Sweet Spirit at the Galaxy Barn (photo by Heather)

Sweet Spirit at the Galaxy Barn (photo by Heather)

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at the Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Heather)

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires at the Mt. Hood Stage (photo by Heather)

Tank & the Bangas at the Treeline Stage were SO good (photo by Heather)

Tank & the Bangas at the Treeline Stage were SO good (photo by Heather)

Billy Strings at the Galaxy Barn (photo by Heather)

Billy Strings at the Galaxy Barn (photo by Heather)

More horse love (photo by Heather)

More horse love (photo by Heather)

One of my favorite photos from this year - hanging out by the circus tent (photo by Heather)

One of my favorite photos from this year - hanging out by the circus tent (photo by Heather)

Throwback to my alterna-teen past with Dinosaur Jr.  (and yes, they were LOUD!) (photo by Heather)

Throwback to my alterna-teen past with Dinosaur Jr.  (and yes, they were LOUD!) (photo by Heather)

The coolest campsite (and there's a little vintage Airstream Bambi tucked back there) - (iPhone photo by Heather)

The coolest campsite (and there's a little vintage Airstream Bambi tucked back there) - (iPhone photo by Heather)

Our awesome Rancho Relaxo neighbors (thanks for the tequila shots!)  - (photo by Bill)

Our awesome Rancho Relaxo neighbors (thanks for the tequila shots!)  - (photo by Bill)

Rancho Relaxo - cool rig and even cooler people!  (iPhone photo by Heather)

Rancho Relaxo - cool rig and even cooler people!  (iPhone photo by Heather)

Last but not least - the new setup headed out to Pickathon!   (iPhone photo by Heather)

Last but not least - the new setup headed out to Pickathon!   (iPhone photo by Heather)