Woodstock, hiking and last night party

Trip Start Jul 11, 2011
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Trip End Aug 17, 2011


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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thursday 11th August, Day 32
Catskills
We Awoke to our breakfast stop, we were just outside a small town called Bethel located a few hours from New York. We were in  the car park of the visitors centre for the famous Woodstock festival that took place in August 1969 We set up breakfast and made a lunch and we then had a couple of hours to go exploring around the visitors centre, the grounds and visit the site where the famous stage had once been located. It was a chance to get to use the free wifi offered in the visitors centre. Gail, Tina and Michelle went off Exploring in one direction, while Dean headed in the opposite direction. Michelle headed down the hill to try and find the monument, eventually coming across the American flag, market the spot. it was in a slightly bushy area, walking through the gap in the fence to come face to face with a bearded man sitting on a chair under a tent. Argh, wasn’t expecting anyone to be sitting there! we took some snaps and had a chat to gentleman. He was a volunteer there along with a young girl. He told us some stories about Woodstock, he was one of the original 400000 people that came to the festival in 1969. He told us about the festival and how it was laid out. the stage in the centre of the naturally formed amphitheater. There was even an ariel view picture of the crowds of people. We headed over to the tarmac area which was nice the stage and then headed back up the fill to make use of the free internet.
While Michelle was else where Dean was off on his own adventure with Lucas. They came across a stage that had been set up for a concert that was taking place in a few days time, when Bob Dylan was to be playing. Been A little cheeky ads they are they went up on stage and started playing with some mops they had found..yep ‘mop guitar’. It was not long before they had been found out...and yep along cane 2 security cars to find out what they were up to...they were quickly hurried along. They later came and Joined Michelle with the free wifi.
After an hour or so using the free internet it was time to board the bus as we were heading for our evening camping spot. On the way we stopped off at a shop for snacks and booze. On the way to the Catskills camp spot we had a couple of opportunities to do some walking. There was 2 options 6mile hike or a 3 mile hike. Dean opted for the 6 mile hike called slide mountain which he did with a few others, it was  supposed to have some good views of the Catskills mountains but the views were not a good as they thought. Michelle and a group of others was dropped of a little further down the road to hike Giant Ledge hike. The bus was coming back later to pick up both groups. Both of the hikes were steep and rocky which gave the walks their challenges. Michelle was walking with a few others, we eventually found it after thinking surely we must have missed it. We were also running out of time, to ensure we were back at the start to meet the bus. Luckily we reached it in about an hour and it was certainly well worth it, it was a rocky outcrop overlooking the tree covered mountains below. we had a few snaps and then it was a very fast walk back down. We had 40 minutes.
Arriving aback at the start it was time to go and collect the other group from their starting point and head to our camp ground, which to night was in the field of a resort called New Moon. This was to be our last camp night together and we planned to have dinner, and party around the campfire. By the time we arrived at the campsite dinner was already underway, it was pasta and red sauce with salad and garlic bread. it was really tasty and full of flavour. Dean enjoyed a game of friz bee while diner was been made.
After dinner we packed up and headed over to the fire pit, except when we arrived the fire was already lit by a lady staying at the resort, unfortunately the resort had double booked the camp pit and consequently as the other ‘hippie’ ground was paying $2500 for their yoga/tree hugging experience we lost out. After talking with her, she agreed we could have the pit later when they went for their Tea and bread and late night dance. SO we all crammed in to the garage that was set up with  sofas and pool table, and waited for our turn....sadly it never came, we were told that even in the garage we were interfering in their meditation, and sing songs around the campfire with bongos and tambourines. so were were evicted again. The owner in the end allowed us to use another fire pit up on the hill side. In the end this change of plan turned out to make a fantastic night. We eventuality got the fire going and sat around having a few drinks. It was right next to a building which was only small and was used sometimes for concerts. They were kind enough for us to use it, providing we were out by 1am, not drinks mixing indoors ( not sure why the hell we had this stupid rule) and only the drivers were allowed to use the music system. There was even a disco ball inside...bugger that, this is better than the campfire outside. We spent the evening dancing, drinking and generally having a good time together on the last night. It was also another GT travellers birthday, also called Michelle, and she was turning 21, so at midnight we sang happy birthday and had a party for her.
Soon it was time for bed, so it was back down the hill to find the sleeping bag and head to our tent to bed.
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