"We've got the biggest balls of them all." -Phish
Phew I know this is super late, like a month late but oh well life has been crazy over here okay. This past July 4th weekend was definitely one of my top 5 weekends ever! It was the first Phish festival I have ever been to. I have been to music festivals before but never to a festival where only one band played. It was awesome!!!
Shippy picked up Kevin and I on Thursday evening, we loaded up his parent's Cadillac and hit the road for Watkins Glen, NY. We made a stop at Walmart in Binghamton, NY to stock up on food, water, ice, beer - ya know the essentials. We were anticipating crazy traffic trying to get into the festival because 60,000 people were expected to show up. Lucky for us we didn't have to wait at all, they barely searched our car. We drove through and started to set up our camp site amongst all the other people arriving. Our neighbors just so happened to live in Saratoga Springs and one of them was from St. Louis, small world! By the time we had our camp site set up and were relaxing/chatting over a couple of beers the sun was starting to come up. So we did the responsible thing and just decided to stay up for the rest of the night, I mean you can't sleep in a tent once the sun comes up anyway.
We spent our days lounging in our camp site hanging out with our neighbors, my brother Merrick and my cousin Will and wandering the festival grounds. It was hot hot hot out but it felt so good to spend the whole day outside in the sun. All together Phish played 8 sets over three days: 2 Friday night, 1 Saturday afternoon, 2 Saturday night, 1 at 2am on Sunday morning and 2 Sunday night. By the end of the weekend I had seen my 21st show!!!
It truly was one of the best weekends I have ever had. Getting to spend that time with Merrick and Will was absolutely the best, I truly have been blessed with the best family in the whole world! It makes me so happy that Kevin and I both share this love for Phish, we make the best team and I love him more than anything. I cannot wait to marry him! And Shippy, oh man Kevin and I love him, we have the best time together! I am so lucky to be surrounded with the best friends and family anyone could ask for!!!
*I took all the photos from our awesome neighbor Ralph A. Dee*