When: Early-Mid September. Probably centered on weekend of September 9th, but To Be Confirmed. Main event to be something like 2-3 nights, I think, but people arriving early and leaving late is fine. There's plenty of room.
Who: Forumites and family. It doesn't matter what your WL is. Just c'mon out and let's hang.
It's a meetup, music fest, skill share, repair cafe, workshop retreat weekend, unconference, and hangout.
Vibe: You know those music fests where you camp in the woods and hippies set up composting toilets? It'll be like that. Bring your camping / dirtbag game.
The idea is we sort out The Plan here beforehand, organizing activities and things we all want to participate in, but for the vibe to be flexible for people to adjust their participation to their own intro/extroversion level. If you want to show up, participate in meals, and otherwise meditate on a rock on the mountain to the north, that's totally fine.
- The studio
- A 12'dia canvas tent
- A 2 person tent
- Your tent
- Your rig
- It's 70acres (23 hectares). You can pitch your tent/rig right next to Serenity, or over the hill yonder, and still be on our property.
We basically don't have neighbors.
I have a compost bucket toilet, and depending on how many we expect, I'll make more. (We'll make more together?)
There's the bathroom in the main house for dire and specific emergencies, but otherwise we should stay out of the house.
I'll have buckets of staples (legumes, rice, wheat berries), bags of root vegetables, jars of cooking oils, cans of tomatoes, and the like: enough basics we'll all be well fed even if we have to hole up together for a month.
We'll organize a roster of cook teams to prepare evening shared meals and / or midday meals.
Default menu will be vegan with vegetarian adds: meat adds are fine, Ft Dirtbag is not militant vegan by any means, but if you're planning a meal for a whole group of people, don't plan 'meatloaf', y'know? This is California.
- Skill shares
- Tours of off grid infrastructure
- Walks in the wilderness (there's great walking in any direction, and the PCT is 4miles away).
- A workshop to play in with power tools
- Stories and meals around the campfire at dusk
- Tractor driving lessons?
- Stargazing (new moon is September 15... bring headlamps!).
- Music, if people bring instruments! Also dancing! I dance like a homeschooled metalhead who DGAF, fair warning...
Technically we have rattlesnakes, bears, black widow spiders, and cougars. They won't bother you unless you sleep outside covered in honey or pick up pieces of wood without kicking it a bit first. The only real danger here is if you wander out into the desert midday without water or a hat. Don't do that.
It will almost certainly be sunny the entire time. It will definitely be warm during the day (90'sF 32C). It might be quite warm 100-105F 37-40C). Nights will be very pleasant, possibly as low as 50F 10C but more likely low 60s F 16C.
If you're planning to travel around California, or on your way to the Southwest, Ft Dirtbag is well located. Everything SoCal is 4hrs away. It's at the base of the Eastern Sierras. You can be in Yosemite in 4 or 5 hours, or San Luis Obispo / Big Sur in 3hrs.
All right, those are my ideas so far. I've never hosted an ERE event before. I'd love people's ideas, contributions, questions, etc.
DM or email me for details about location or if you have private questions.