Just two weeks after we got back from London, we decided it would be a good idea to drive into the desert for a weekend of music specifically, Coachella Weekend One. Coachella is the highest-grossing music festival in the country, and is generally attended by people like us, in their twenties. This means that Coachella is grungy. VERY grungy.
Roy and I had VIP passes which allowed us to escape some of the grunge. We also got an actual hotel. Many people drive over and camp there. We cannot imagine doing this.
Roy is a big music fan (and I just listen to whatever he listens to) and there were a number of bands we saw. We also discovered some new music, which is fun. In general though, the atmosphere was somewhat marred by the omnipresent smell of marijuana that pervaded nearly the entire area. We both became immediately sick.
That weekend, we also did a bit of exploring in the Palm Desert area. We found a ghost town Pioneertown. Seeing a ghost town is something thats been on my bucket list, so I was happy to check that off. Thanks, Roy, for obliging!
We also hiked the Suicide Rock trail in Idyllwild, about 6.5 miles or so. This made us very tired. However, we got back in time for evening performances and stayed through the end of Phoenixs performance, which was great.
On the last evening, an honest-to-goodness sandstorm blew through the festival before the Red Hot Chili Peppers performance. Some stayed, but we fled tired of the sand in our eyes and ears.
Coachella what an experience. Great music, but would we do it again? Wed have to think about it In the meantime, well look forward to Austin City Limits and SXSW!