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Kenny’s introduction & guide to attending your first Rainbow Gathering; or “A Primer on Visiting the World of the Future”

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With summer rapidly approaching, many of you are likely starting to get quite excited to attend your first Rainbow Gathering. This year, just like every year since 1972, thousands of beautiful humans will come together in a national forest to practice living cooperatively, walking lightly on the land, and loving each other. Every year, hundreds of people attend the Gathering for their first time, and this year in particular I’m excited to be bringing dozens of friends & family to their first, and so it only makes sense to create a little introductory walk-through to help ease things along for everyone ūüôā

What is the Rainbow Gathering?

The Rainbow Gathering is a portal to the world of the future that those of us who identify as anarchists, voluntaryists, hippies, etc want to see come to pass. The Gathering is completely free, self-organizing, non-hierarchical, and operates entirely on volunteers, donations, and consensus-based decision-making. The first Gathering was in 1972, and it has since grown to over 100 annual events, the largest of which is the “US National” gathering: July 1st – 7th every year. For a WHOLE lot more details about the Gathering’s history, philosophy, and structure, please read my 5-part series “The Rainbow Gathering: 5 Decades of Beta-Testing Anarchist Society” (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), or watch the presentation I gave at this year’s Anarchapulco by the same title.

Where is the 2017 Gathering?

This year’s Gathering will be held in Oregon, in a National Forest as always. The exact location of the Gathering will be decided by consensus at Spring Council, in just under 2 weeks. As soon as the exact location is decided, GPS coordinates & directions will appear at the top of this page

What to bring

What I generally tell people is to bring your usual camping gear, a cup/bowl & spork, and whatever you want to share with everyone else at the Gathering. You can come in with an entire car-load of equipment, or you can simply bring the necessities, and trust that all will be provided for (and it will). For those of you who want a specific breakdown, here’s a guide I found a couple of years ago:
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How to get involved

Every single thing that gets done at Rainbow happens because someone volunteered to do it. As with most things in life, the more you put in, the more you get out of it. If you want to have the most life-changing experience possible at the Gathering, I highly recommend helping out often, and in a variety of ways. There is always something to be done, from cutting vegetables to helping someone carry their gear in, from collecting and chopping firewood to digging shitters. Any time you’re bored, just stop by Instant Soup (the 24-hour vegan kitchen where I cook), and we’ll have plenty of ways you can plug in and help us feed all the wonderful people.

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How to get water & food

The most important things to bring to the Gathering are your cup/bowl and spoon/fork. As long as you have those things, food and water will just manifest for you left and right. Every evening at 6pm, the whole of the Gathering comes together for a family dinner, where you can try a huge variety of foods from a dozen or more kitchens. At any other time of day, there will be lots of other kitchens serving food to whoever is hungry, like my own kitchen: Instant Soup. We are (usually) the only kitchen around that serves food 24-hours/day. Water is similarly easy to come by, simply find the nearest kitchen, and chances are they will have a water filtration system. One of the goals when choosing a location for a Gathering is a water source to gravity-feed to the kitchens.

How to poop in the woods

At the Gathering, everyone uses trench latrines, called “shitters”, which are approximately 4 foot deep, 8 foot long composting toilets. From any kitchen or camp, there will generally be orange markers leading to the nearest shitter. When you finish, near the toilet paper there will be a can of ash or lime, to be sprinkled on top of your poop to make sure flies don’t get to it and contaminate the food supply.

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How to get to/from the Gathering

There are an unlimited number of ways to make your way to the Gathering, from the most simple like driving your own car from your house to the gathering, all the way to train-hopping like my good friend Stxs. Probably the largest number of people get to the Gathering by hitch-hiking or piling into a bus full of hippies and car-pool there. Some of the tools that I highly recommend are the Ride-Share options on Craigslist or Facebook. To use CL, simply go to the closest major city to where you are, go to ride-shares, and make a post explaining where you are and where you’re trying to get to. What is even more successful are the FB Rainbow/Hippie ride-share groups, a few of which I’ll list here for you:

Conclusion:

Of all the events I’ve attended, from festivals to conferences, retreats to seminars, there is nothing I recommend as highly as the Rainbow Gathering. The combination of being a truly anarchist, self-organizing event, being the only one which doesn’t involve money, fossil fuels, cities, or anything else of Babylon, and being the one place where everyone truly remembers that they are, and acts like family, make it a breath-taking experience. Also, based on my understanding of how the universe works, the most effective way to manifest something is to act as if you already have it, and that’s exactly what Rainbow is, thousands of people acting as if they already have a world of freedom, peace, cooperation, love, and abundance.

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KCK

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The Law Of Attraction IN ACTION. A Candid Chat With Conscious Activist, KENNY PALURINTANO.

This article was written by a beautiful soul I met at Anarchapulco this year, Erika Harris. To see the original, go here. Be sure to follow her on Steemit & Youtube

 


 

A Quick Look At The Gift Economy
According to Wikipedia:¬†“A gift economy, gift culture, or gift exchange is a mode of exchange where valuables are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards. This contrasts with a barter economy or a market economy, where goods and services are primarily exchanged for value received.”

Eight or nine years, ago I was introduced to the prolific work of¬†Charles Eisenstein. He’s Yale-educated in philosophy and mathematics, but seems to value much more, his direct and personal learning experiences. Charles is a genuinely brilliant person of original thought. He wrote, and freely gives away:

These lofty ideals floated in my head, and sometimes I tried them out in my life and small business. But not until I met Kenny did I see AN ENTIRE LIFE FLOW FROM these principles.

Our conversation below is about an hour. We were outside in the backyard of La Casa Creativa (one of Kenny’s many manifestations), so please pardon music, airplanes and other background sounds during the chat.

You’ll hear how Kenny journeyed from a life he wasn’t all that excited to live, to a near-magical mindset that seems to confidently manifest whatever he needs, and very often wants.

I wonder how the practice of a gift economy, and applying the Law of Attraction, will be received by those who celebrate free markets, capitalism, reason and logic?

Living Outside The Money Matrix
In fact, I was so intrigued that Kenny lives predominantly outside the money matrix, that single question was the basis of our recorded talk, but he shared much more than impersonal theory. He talks about:

  • how he shifted from selling drugs, to full-time activism
  • how he shifted from hard core atheism, to practicing the Law of Attraction
  • his greatest influences: Marshall Sylver and Abraham-Hicks
  • how¬†The Rainbow Family/Gathering¬†is cashless anarchy in practice.¬†HERE¬†is Kenny’s excellent 5-part series on it.
  • how he TRAVELS FOR FREE
  • how he cleansed his body for a year, then his mind, then his life
  • how he wants¬†“to be the kind of person that I want to see raising kids to change the world.”
  • how he stopped fearing the unknown, and also death
  • how he arranged for Alais Clay to perform at Anarchapulco
  • “If you live in fear, you’re going to experience the things you fear. I just trust that everything is going to be taken care of, and it always is.”
  • how an intense mushroom trip dissolved his identity, and exposed his false masks
  • how he worked as a distributor for GT’s Kombucha
  • how he re-programmed his brain, from negative to positively manifesting
  • “I won’t do anything for money, that I wouldn’t do for free.”
  • how he made a cannabis-infused BBQ sauce, that got him his first catering gig, which opened him to the joy of cooking for others!
  • how Kenny’s Conscious Kitchen has evolved… to just Kenny
  • how logic and the brain alone, is not enough to lead to happiness
  • how the #1 thing we can do to change the world, is to¬†HEAL OURSELVES

Our Chat

Act as if…
See that smooth white rock? It’s a rare possession Kenny holds on to (as he seems to liquidate/give away as much as possible between his frequent travels). At one time, he carried this stone in his pocket, and ran his fingers over the colored words often enough, that they completely faded. It used to say: “Act as if you already are the person you want to be.”

Everyone loves and respects Kenny a great deal. I think it’s because his integrity is so high. What he SAYS, and how you see him LIVE, are¬†aligned. You see principles¬†in action, and I know I’ve been inspired and positively challenged to up my game on all levels since having met him a few months ago.


Two examples of agorism in action:
#1: La Casa Creativa
With the bankrolling help of Nathan and Lisa Freeman (who just gave birth to Spring Equinox baby Ira Belle yesterday!), Kenny organized special housing during Anarchapulco. It was special because of the vision it sprang from. It was special because of the unique blend of folks who stayed together under one beautiful roof, including: Sterlin Luxan, Alais Clay, Truniversal, Derrick Broze, Kurt David Robinson, Benny Wills, Starr O’Hara, an awesome traveler named Stxs, me and others… including That Guy T for one night! It was special because we each were entrusted to set our own price/offering, based on our ability and circumstance. It was special because it was voluntary, agorist and alchemical. [Note from Nathan Freeman: “Kenny paid back the money for the house in full. I’d like people to know that.”]

#2: Kombucha Workshop
In the picture above, the black crate in the right corner had more than a dozen¬†SCOBYs¬†(symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) that Kenny gave each person who attended his FREE kombucha workshop this past Sunday at Verde Vegan. He taught us how to start brewing, gave us what we needed to start, and did not charge for the information or the SCOBY. Instead, he trusted us to each offer what we could, or thought appropriate. In his own words in a PM:¬†“I’m doing this, as everything, on the gift economy, so there is no expectation or attachment to anything coming back, and anything that does is great.

I offered to do this post, and give him all the earnings from it. But it wasn’t just to pay for the kombucha workshop…

It is mostly to thank Kenny for refreshing my heart and spirit with his insistence to do so much good in the world. It is mostly to honor the brave social choices he makes, that help him maintain such a high and positive vibration in a world that seems to prefer complaints over solutions, and grumbling over gratitude. Talking with an adult who is free of cynicism and pessimism: (1) is a rare occurrence; and (2) hydrates your soul.

In that way, Kenny Palurintano is a cool drink of coconut water. If you’re inspired to, please help him reach his goal. He is happily open to Bitcoin gifts:¬†15bNwnDeT8TfgCMWjvHm4tAjaCArSyNAoN


Fancy a chat… or prefer to be listened to, lavishly? I’m available by appointment¬†HERE.

Verde Vegan: The Only Vegan Restaurant In Acapulco Also Accepts Bitcoin

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There aren’t many places in Mexico where you can get fresh-squeezed juices, vegan ice cream, superfood smoothies, and a full menu of vegan takes on popular dishes from around the world… all with Bitcoin! Enter¬†Verde Vegan, a delightful little restaurant & juice bar, located a few minutes away from the traffic, and operated by conscious, freedom-minded, Bitcoin-loving locals ūüôā

Juice Board

The Food

The restaurant offers quite a wide variety of vegan delights, and I could talk about them all day, so I’m just going to run through the menu categories and give a little bit of information about each one.

  • Drinks:¬†The beverage menu includes 5 juice blends (though you can always get a specific juice made as well), and 20 smoothies, starting at just 40 pesos ($2). They also offer a variety of organic teas, coffee, and house-made nut-milks. My favorite:¬†The Maniac¬†(Peanut butter [made in-house], cacao powder, banana, cacao nibs, cinnamon, vegan milk)
  • Breakfast (Served all day):¬†From Mexican classics like chilaquiles & enfrijoladas to the ubiquitous french toast & crepes, the breakfast menu has a little bit of everything. With the¬†most¬†expensive item coming in under $6, they’re all an amazing deal as well. My favorite:¬†Quinoa Pancakes¬†(soon to be buckwheat! Try them with strawberry marmalade & banana ice cream)
  • Tacos:¬†Right now there are 6 types of tacos, and the new version of the menu will include even more. Chorizo, al pastor, portabello, mixed veggies, the variety of flavor available is astounding, and with homemade tortillas, you really can’t go wrong. My favorite:¬†Hummus in Lettuce¬†(lebanese style¬†tacos¬†with cucumber, tomato, radish, pickles, and hummus served on crisp romaine lettuce)
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  • Mexican Favorites:¬†This is a relatively new section of the menu, to the point that it isn’t even listed on the paper menus right now. It includes tostadas, enchiladas rojas & suizas, sopes, and huaraches, with more items to appear on the new version of the menu. My favorite:¬†Enchiladas Suizas¬†(4 corn tortillas filled with black beans, with the most divine salsa verde, a creamy potato cheese, and sprinkled with a crumbly almond cheese [pictured above with a Maniac smoothie])
  • Salads:¬†This is the first category that is getting a major overhaul with the new menu, these all come in a small ($4-5) or large ($5-6) option, and they are all amazingly filling. From super greens to that fusion, from mediterranean to pears & walnuts, these salads have it all! My favorite:¬†Pitagoras¬†(Lettuce, parsley, mint, cucumber, tomato, black olives, quinoa, and tahini dressing)
  • Sandwiches:¬†This category is being almost completely switched around for the new menu, where an Italian (including “mozzarella” and a reuben will be joining the lineup, along with a possible un-tuna sandwich as well. Each sandwich comes on your choice of¬†Ezekiel Bread, or house-made gluten free bread (tomato or olive & onion), and comes with a small salad. My favorite:¬†The Vital¬†(Shredded carrot & beet, hummus, chard, avocado, and tomato [on the olive & onion bread])
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  • Burgers:¬†The only burger carrying over from the old menu is the portobello, and a variety are being added, including a sweet potato based patty, a quinoa based patty, and the black bean & veggie patty. My favorite: The black bean & veggie (it doesn’t have a name yet, and I’m biased since I created it, but damn is it tasty! Served with sauerkraut, sprouts, tomato, onion, lettuce, avocado, and my own take on 1000 island dressing, it’s a flavorstravaganza [pictured above])
  • Raw Food: This section will be growing with the new menu, but already has some delicious options including nori rolls (becoming spring rolls), chard burritos, raw pasta (with tomato sauce & “cheese” or alfredo sauce), and the Carpacciote (green apples, tomatillos, cucumber, and avocado with parsley, sesame seeds, and spirulina dressing). My favorite:¬†Chard Burritos¬†(Alfalfa sprouts, spinach, radish, tomato, onion, cilantro, avocado mayonnaise, chipotle salsa, and creamy cashew “cheese”)

The Store

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Did I mention that the restaurant also has a organic grocery store with a pass-through door? Verde Pistache is the only place in Acapulco with much of an organic selection, including spices, superfood powders, grains & cereals, meat alternatives, body care products, cleaning supplies, and much more. Pistache is the only place around to find things like (real) pickles, fennugreek, organic soap & toothpaste, etc.

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The store features a variety of local products like dehydrated beet chips & mole sauce, as well as imports like Ezekiel Bread, organic laundry soap, nutritional yeast, and super-food powders that are not available (or much more expensive) anywhere else in town. They are always expanding and bringing in more wonderful things, like the organic ketchup that appeared between my leaving on Friday and writing this article on Sunday.

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Verde Vegan & Anarchapulco

Those of you who have been following me for a while know that I’ve been coming down to Acapulco for the last three years to attend¬†Anarchapulco. The conference has changed my life in many ways, and I’ve connected with many amazing humans, both living in Acapulco and in town for the event as well. The first year of the conference, I was staying at La Copacabana, the venue for the conference, since it was all-inclusive and my budget was rather limited. The only real downside to doing that way was that I only ate anywhere but the hotel 1 time during my visit. The second year of the conference, I spent almost a month in Acapulco and discovered¬†Verde Vegan, and it immediately became my regular hangout. Over the week of the conference last year,¬†Verde Vegan¬†was ALWAYS packed with anarchists, and the community has built a strong relationship with the owners & employees of this wonderful little hidden gem.

In 2017, the collaboration between¬†VV¬†&¬†Anarchapulco¬†is stepping up to another level entirely. For its third year, the conference has moved to its third venue,¬†El Mundo Imperial, the largest & most bad-ass hotel & resort in town. The Imperial is in the Diamante region of Acapulco, near the airport & far away from the busy-ness of the Costera (think of “the Strip” in Las Vegas), which is an all-around great thing… except that it’s a 30-minute drive from¬†Verde Vegan. This sounds like an issue right? It would be, except that the organizers of¬†Anarchapulco¬†& the owners of¬†Verde Vegan¬†have reached out to the Imperial, and have locked in a satellite location for the restaurant, on-site at the venue itself, just downstairs from the speakers will be.

For the conference, there will be a limited version of the menu, with slightly higher prices (due to additional overhead… still cheaper than the US or the other restaurants at the venue), and they will not have access to an oven at the satellite location. There will be an increased focus on quick service, while maintaining the same high standards for taste & ingredient quality. If you’re used to eating at vegan & organic restaurants in the US, Canada, or Europe, prepare to have your mind blown when you get the same quality of food for a fraction of the price. The largest, most expensive smoothie, still comes in under $6 US.

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the first run of the new ‘Italian’ sandwich

Kenny’s Conscious Kitchen¬†&¬†Verde Vegan

I’ve been in Acapulco for almost three weeks now, and I’ve been down here every other day or so, enjoying the vibe, the food, and using the wi-fi to get plenty of work done ūüôā After talking about it quite a bit last year, I’m finally getting to plug in with them as well; this past week I started volunteering in the kitchen 3 days a week, helping them create new menu items, and learning their recipes for the conference (where I will be helping run the satellite location). This is really exciting for me because Amparo, their head chef & nutritionist, cooks in a very similar way to myself, and I’m finally getting some full immersion in spanish (the one downside to spending your time in Mexico with anarchists from the US & Canada).

I’m also helping them build their online presence, getting them listed on all of bitcoin, vegan, and general restaurant finders.¬†Verde Vegan¬†and it’s suppliers represent the whole of the health-food movement in this part of Mexico, and I want to do everything I can to help that reach more locals, and ensure that travelers can easily find this hidden gem. Please like/follow them on¬†Facebook¬†&¬†Twitter, and if you’ve eaten here before (yes I’m typing this article in the restaurant right now), please leave a review on¬†HappyCow,¬†TripAdvisor, or¬†Yelp

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When it comes time for¬†Anarchapulco, you know where to find me, and we’ll be offering my home-brewed kombucha as well. I brought a culture all the way from Oregon, after experiencing the painful lack of fermented foods in Acapulco last year, and it’s quickly growing. I’ve got 3¬†SCOBYs so far, but that’s a story for another post ūüôā

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a new artichoke dish we created on Friday

Thanks for reading, and remember to¬†follow me¬†on Steemit to catch all of my¬†articles about traveling the world, delicious vegan food, philosophy, and much more ūüôā

KCK
 

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Taking the scenic route. 6 days from Portland to Denver, and all of the beauty in between

Last week, I hit the road with my cousin from Portland to Denver, heading out to catch a series of events with We Are Change Colorado. This was the first time I’ve done the trip between OR & CO without being in a hurry to get to an event, so we spent 6 days working our way east, camping and checking out some of the beautiful nature in between. Here’s the run-down of my journey, featuring lots of photos and my recommendations for the next time you’re traveling the same path.

Day 1: Crossing Oregon

We got out of Portland at a decent hour, and immediately pushed to get some good distance for the day. We skipped Multnomah Falls as we had both been many times, and it was quite busy, and probably would have killed our momentum a bit. I HIGHLY recommend checking it out, and the side-trails just about a mile down from the main tourist location lead to even more beautiful waterfalls. A little further down the freeway, we stopped at the Washington Stonehenge, a beautiful structure just off I-84, that most people have no idea is there.
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This thing is such an awesome piece of construction, and it offers AMAZING photo opportunities, especially around sunset. The thing that is not so cool about this Stonehenge is the intention behind it; it was built as a memorial for local troops who died in WWI. The centerpiece of this monument is a plaque that reads (when translated from double-speak & euphemisms) “We immortalize the sacrifice of these poor souls who were tricked into fighting for the profit & power of others, in order to ensure that more young men will be easily tricked into killing & dying for the benefit of those same parasites”
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Besides visiting the henge, we drove straight through the day, ending up Boise just before sunset. I had found a campground for us on Free Campsites, so we drove through downtown, through the suburbs, and into the hills. The campsite was just a couple of miles down a road that my cousin’s Corolla could barely make it down. The site was absolutely gorgeous, with a wonderful view west across all of Boise.
Boise Sunset
Setting up camp took a little while, mostly because the ground was too hard to drive stakes into. About the time I began drifting off to sleep, the wind decided to roll in; suddenly the rocks holding down the corners of my tent were no longer cutting it. I ended up having to get up, go to the car, and bring over everything that I own in order to weigh down my tent to the point that it would stop collapsing on me. Even with all the excitement, I still felt energized & well-rested when I woke up that morning.

Day 2: Meandering around Idaho

Our first day of actual sight-seeing started off with Balanced Rock, and on the way out to it we drove past a number of “geological sites” and “historical sites”. Upon backtracking to look at some of these, we were a little let-down to find that most were simply a pull-off from the highway with a big sign talking about something in history that happened in the area.
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After monkeying around in the rocks for an hour or so while my cousin strolled around (that elevation change catches people off-guard), we headed into the nearby town of Buhl to visit the public library so we could charge electronics, use wi-fi, and come up with a plan. From there we wandered over to Twin Falls, ID, got some veggie burgers in town, and heading to the nearby Shoshone Falls.
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Have I mentioned how much I love waterfalls? This place was beautiful, and not too busy. We had an entire area of picnic tables to ourselves to eat and burn one, then headed over to take in the scenery. I made some calls to friends in Utah, making some plans for the next couple of days, and then realized the fun that can be had with a phone camera’s “panorama” feature and weird angles.
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Our plan was to next go check out the nearby ice caves and mammoth cave, but they were already closed for the day, so we headed over closer to the Utah border and found our campground for the night.

Day 3: Visiting SLC, land of the Mormons (queue South Park song)

The campsite we ended up with at the end of day 2 was quiet, well-forested, and next to a river, making for an amazing night’s sleep. Better yet, we got up that morning and headed straight for Lava Hot Springs to soak and relax for a couple of hours. After the springs, into Utah we went. The plan was to meet my friend @firstwords when he got home that evening, so we figured we’d knock out the tourist-y stuff in Salt Lake City that day. By the time we made it to the city, it was early afternoon and we were both very hungry, so we decided to land atThe Pie Hole, a local pizza joint that accepts Bitcoin.
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It’s become a regular thing for me, when approaching a town, to check online and see where all the local businesses that accept BTC are. As soon as I clicked on Pie Hole’s website and saw that they offer a daily vegan pizza, I immediately know where we’d be eating that day. The place has an awesomely low-key, retro vibe to it, arcade games in the back and everything. That day’s vegan slice was the “Mellvar”: spinach, bell peppers, onions, carrots, and cilantro with a hummus spread; let’s just say I started with 2 slices and went back for 2 more. The employees were both extremely friendly, and the BTC process went much easier than it has in many places. I highly recommend this spot to anyone passing through SLC and looking for some delicious food, whether you are looking to spend BTC or not.
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With our appetites sated, we started moving around the city, checking out a variety of the gardens & other tourist spots. First up was the Gilgal garden, a small park filled with sculptures and stone pathways engraved with bible verses. The range of statuary was extensive, from the broken-up body of a giant, to a sphinx with the head of Joseph Smith on it.
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Next up was a visit to Temple Square, at which point my camera died, which is quite unfortunate. The architecture is well-documented online, but the things that really spoke to me and I wanted to share were the Bible quotes all over the walls in the basement of the “North Visitor Center”, all about being of service to others and doing the right thing. I just realized how interesting it is that those are downstairs, tucked away in one area… This same building, on the top floor has a BEAUTIFUL mural of the cosmos.

There was so much beauty in the Temple Square (statues, paintings, architecture), but it’s hard to be there without your skin crawling more than a bit, seeing the amount of energy that so many people are pouring into that belief system. After the square, we headed out of town to meet up with friends, and ended up talking well into the morning.

Day 4: Hiking in the foothills

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It was nice to sleep indoors for a night, and in the morning we all headed out into the hills for the day, to do some hiking and soak in that beautiful nature. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it yet, but I LOVE trail-running, and the place we went was just perfect for it, so I would sprint out until I start feeling winded, then wait for everyone else to catch up. I forget the name of the “National” forest we were in, but there was a river running right through it, and on the other side of the highway had beautiful cliffs and rock structures to look out at.
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Day 5: The International Peace Garden… and clouds of Mayflies

After saying our goodbyes to friends (and trading their housemate some Bitcoin for FRNs), we went back into SLC. This time we had lunch at The Blue Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant, splitting one of the amazing vegetable combos that they all seem to have, and meeting up with my friend Brett. After eating, we made our way to the International Peace Garden, and spent quite a few hours wandering around there and taking in all the art & plants from around the world.
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After wandering the park for most of the afternoon, we headed out to Utah Lake to set up camp for the night. The mile-long road from the highway down to the lake had a mile-long cloud of mayflies hovering about 10 feet above it, as did the entire beach of the lake. The sound of trillions of bugs was a little disconcerting, especially before we confirmed that they were not mosquitoes. While gathering firewood, we found quite a few black widows in the area, and about the time we headed to our tents, we got to listen to a rodent of some kind scream for a few minutes as it was killed by (presumably) a snake… a macabre lullaby for sure.

Day 6: Entering Colorado; sacred geometry on street-corners and blasting off in the forest

The sunrise on Utah Lake was magnificent, and we woke up motivated to make some good distance again, since we were now just 1 day from the first event in Denver. Down the the I-70 we went, and it was time to cross into Colorado again. We pretty much drove straight through to Glenwood Springs, a nice little town (where Doc Holladay died). We decided to stop so we could charge & wi-fi at the library, walk around town, and get something to eat. We had lunch at The Grind, and WOW!, their falafel burger was absolutely amazing, quite possibly the juiciest falafel I’ve ever eaten.
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After eating, we stopped into a local crystal shop, poked our heads into a dispensary ($18+/gram… just ridiculous), and prepared to roll out. The campsite I had found for the night was only about 25 miles east, and there was only one remotely tricky part in finding it:
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The site itself was right up against the Colorado River, and there were a good 10 camps altogether, 3 of which were occupied. We set up camp, had some food, and I spent about an hour gathering firewood. The “wood” was mostly dried vines, small twigs, and a few actually branches, so needless to say it took longer to gather than to burn. Once I was satisfied with the fire, I pulled out the little pouch of 5-MeO a friend had given me, and sat in prayer for a few minutes. Whenever taking in psychedelic medicines, it is VERY important to create a container for yourself, call in the support, guidance, and healing you are looking for, and give thanks to the medicine and everyone who helped it come to you.
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As soon as I took my first hit off the pipe, I started to get fractals and other visuals like I’m used to with psychedelics. After the second hit, my body began to feel disconnected from my mind, and I was just able to take a third hit before I had to lay back down on the dirt. I don’t really remember any specific details of what I saw, but I remember them all being things I had experienced in this life, but with the overwhelming sense of being at home, cuddled up nest-like. This was the farthest I’ve ever gone with DMT, and I feel like I was about to go even further down the rabbit hole, but I got that feeling like I might lost control of my bowels, and as soon as my mind connected with that and I started to clench, my trip started winding down. I spent the next hour meditating with the fire, then went into my tent for the night, and wrote about 3 pages before going to sleep ūüôā

Day 7: Hello Denver! Just in time for some amazing live music

Waking up right next to the Colorado River… you’ve got to try it. There was still enough firewood piled to get warmed up for the morning, and after breaking down camp, it was time to finally head into the big city. We spent the day walking around downtown Denver, stumbled across the Topless Parade, hung out down by a creek for many hours, and visited a couple of my friends, before heading to the Liberty Lodge for the night’s festivities.

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sneak peek at the food I made that night

To Be Continued…

Next up will be my adventures in Denver last week, including a speaking event by Adam Kokesh, a fundraiser for the pipeline protest in North Dakota, an open mic, a few concerts, and much more. Be sure to follow me to follow my travels.