Brian Erzen / LA Weekly LIB's 2014 Lightning Stage
Lightning in a Bottle
San Antonio Recreation Area
May 22nd - 24th
Over Memorial Day Weekend, our Do LaB friends hosted their first Lightning in a Bottle outside of Southern California at the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California. Though there were plenty of new aspects to the fest this year, the basics of the five-day event remained intact: eclectic music, arts, hippie culture and the presence of some of the most creative people on the planet.
We made the trek out to what seemed like the middle of nowhere and like most camping events, there were lots of struggles. Besides the usual LA traffic on a holiday weekend and a normal flat tire, the process of getting out there definitely required some zen-like patience. Getting our car stuck in a sand pit at the festival grounds trying to find parking and then waiting hours for a tow truck driver who got stuck himself trying to get a car out of a ravine wasn't even the half of it. When the weather wasn't freezing our toes at night or scorching our shoulders during the day, Burning Man-caliber winds were blowing our tent away. But thanks to the beautiful people of LIB, our unprepared asses were taken in by an awesome group of campers who were more than willing to teach us how to survive out here. This is what we learned.More »