Natalie and her sister, Emily, both did great posts about our time at Pickathon this past weekend: here and here, respectively. But I still wanted to fill in the visuals from our perspective. I regret that I do not have any pictures of our dust-skinned children in the thick of their relentless exploration of just how dirty they could get. And I also regret that I could not capture in pictures the depth or extent of the joie de vivre our girls experienced everyday we were there. As Bella put it at the end of the second day, “Yesterday I had enough fun to last until I’m 30, today I had enough fun to last me until I’m 60.”. That sounds pretty good doesn’t it?
Here’s what it looked like:
Bella and Xi joined in with some people who were decorating the area around this tree. They had tons of flower petals and metal bits they were using to create a mandala on the ground. The director of this project just happened to also have spent time just down the road from us in Hot Springs, Montana.
Bella and Xi also helped Emily set up the booth she was using to sell her incredible dresses. Over the course of the weekend, so many happy women left this booth with a dress in hand, that by Sunday there was a Filly-clad lady passing by once a minute.
After the set up on Thursday, we went to the river for a delicious dip, and then back to Emily’s house for the night. The next morning, we set out again, but not before Echo gave some loving to Emily’s dog, Bello, who unfortunately was not allowed at Pickathon…
Shortly following our return to the Pendarvis Farm (where Pickathon takes place each year), we met up with some of our friends who live in Washington and just happened to also be going to the festival. Aila is one of Echo’s bosom buddies, and though it doesn’t look it, she is about a month younger than our lil’ one.
This was our delicious little hideaway behind the Filly booth where we rested and ate and played and socialized in between musical performances, people-watching, and attending various activities for the kids. By the way, Pickathon is extremely kid-friendly. They had crafts, workshops, “Circus Camp”, and even an open mic/talent show in which Bella performed a dance piece.
The weekend was an amazing, inspiring, delightful adventure — complete with magic and beauty and music and laughter on a slanty farm crowned with dense, lush woods, a small city of the friendliest people around, and enough to do that our girls couldn’t have been bored even if they tried. It was a wonderful event — a cross between Burning Man and the Oregon Country Fair — and one I would recommend to any family up for it. But don’t forget to bring the handy wipes!