^ Sister babes.
Followed, of course, by some much needed nap time (adult supervision recommended).
Then we headed to the polo fields for day two and I met up with some more friends from Texas. Scotty and Emily are one of my favorite couples on the planet. I met them very briefly years ago when we stayed at Scotty’s hostel in Venice for the 2010 national championship game when Texas played Alabama halfway through my freshman year of college. Fast forward several years, where I met up with them while backpacking S.E. Asia. We’ve watched the sun rise together over Angkor Wat in Cambodia, set over Vietnam, and then rise again at the end of the Full Moon Party in Thailand. Good humans. Their energy is electric and I was glad to see them again.
The caterpillar from day one turned into a butterfly and the sun set on day two.
We kicked off day three much like we did the other two days, but it was extraaaa hard to leave our desert oasis for the festival. Somehow (with a lot of dragging each other out of the pool), we managed and made it for the final day.
It’s hard to put the magic of Coachella into words, so you’ll just have to trust me and go for yourself sometime. I’m not sure if there will be a year when I’m not in attendance, at least for the foreseeable future (is there an age it becomes unacceptable??). It’s hard to leave when Monday comes, but I’m looking forward to seeing this team again soon at Splash House in June.
A few tips/tricks…
If you can, stay in a house with a pool or a hotel with a pool. The pool parties are half the fun. Book early.
Tickets go on sale in April. Keep an eye here for the exact pre-sale date. You’ll want to have a group of 2-3 friends refreshing the page every .25 seconds when they go on sale, or you’ll likely get the dreaded “SOLD OUT” page. We’ve stuck with this plan the past three years and have always come away with tickets.
If you don’t get a ticket, don’t panic. It’s fairly easy to get a Weekend 2 ticket for face value in the weeks leading up to the festival.
A note on Weekend 1 vs. Weekend 2… you can’t go wrong. Weekend 1 gets more hype and has more of the celebrities (that you likely won’t see), industry heavyweights, bloggers, etc. in attendance, but Weekend 2 is a lot more laid back and had better guest appearances (in my opinion) than Weekend 1 this year.
If you’re flying in from outside of California, the closest commercial airport is Ontario. It’s about a 45 to hour drive from Palm Springs. That said, it’s typically cheaper to fly into LAX and make some friends that you can carpool to the desert with. Do not book an early morning or afternoon flight out on Monday. I speak from experience here, you will hate yourself (especially if you’re flying out of LAX, three hours away). Don’t do it.
For the actual festival… (1) Bring something to cover your face. The desert is dry and dust gets kicked up easily. You’ll be happy you did when you’re trekking back to your car/bus at the end of the night through a wind tunnel of dust. (2) If you’re taking the shuttle and *not* operating a vehicle, pack a drink for the road… security is not until the actual festival entrance. And on that note (3) Hydrate. You’re running around in million degree heat and likely consuming alcohol all day. Also, your water canister doubles as a fantastic container to smuggle beer out of the beer garden (didn’t come from me… we definitely didn’t do this).
With that, I’ll see you next year!