Friday, June 17, 2011

Welcome Home - Gathering Directions

Welcome Home 
40th Annual
Rainbow Family Gathering of The Tribes

Gathering Consciousness
Please protect this Beautiful Land
Walk softly.  Harm no living thingHarmonize - Blend in.  Use only down, dead wood.  Do not cut living trees.  Preserve the Meadows . . . camp in the Woods.  And remember, We are caretakers of this land.
Everyone sharing makes a strong Human Tribe!
Please Protect the Water Sources by staying out of DELICATE spring areas.  Avoid camping, peeing or washing above spring areas.  Keep ALL soap out of streams, springs or the creek!  Use a bucket to take your bath 300 feet away from the water source.  To be certain drinking water is safe: boil it for ten minutes at a rolling boil!
Use the slit trenches or covered latrines - cover your paper & waste with ashes or lime, wash hands afterwards.  Break the fly/illness connection: shit-fly-food-you!  Dig no shitters near water areas or kitchens.
Protect our Health!
Use your own cup, bowl & spoon!  Wash them after eating and rinse in bleach-water. Go to C.A.L.M. if you feel ill - especially if you have a contagious disease - or are injured.
Camp Together – Establish neighborhoods.  Community Fires only!  Keep a 5 gallon bucket of water and shovel nearby for Fire Protection. If you are the last to leave a fire PUT IT OUT!  Please, NO fireworks!  Keep you camp secure.  “Tempt Not Lest Ye Be Lifted From.”
Pets are discouraged, but if you must bring them, keep them fed, on a leash and out of the kitchens, springs & fightsClean up their poopLove them.
Cleanup begins when you arrive.  Please bring only what is necessary.  There is no janitor here . . . YOU are the cleanup crew.  Separate Garbage for recycling.  Please DON’T LITTER - Find a collection point.  Compost in pits only.
You are the Gathering!
Participate and Volunteer!  Participate in Shanti Sena (the peace keepers council), work crews, workshops, councils and all activitiesVolunteer wherever and whenever needed: kitchens, welcome home, firewatch, parking lot, shitter digging, supply, front gate, etc.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T your Sisters’ & Brothers’ energies.
Keep the Balance: Earth, Sky, Trees, Water & People!
Alcohol is Discouraged, Guns are Inappropriate, Violence is contrary to the Spirit.  Please do not take pictures or videos of people without asking their permission first.  Discourage Drug Abuse.
Buying and selling endangers our right to be here.  The Magic Hat is our Bank, please donate early to fund our needs.  The Magic Hat goes around at Dinner Circle and with the Magic Hat Band.
Our power together is many times our power separated.
Enjoy the Rainbow with an open heart and you Will see the Vision.
Join us on July 4th for a Silent Contemplation & Prayer for Peace, respect those maintaining silence from dawn.
Hold the silence until the arrival of the Children’s Parade.

When on-Site... PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.... BUILD UP, NOT DIG DOWN... meaning build HEARTHS.... i.e. on ground spread rocks, and dirt, then build FIRE UP... i.e. so when clean-up remove ashes... dirt, rocks... water the roots of the grass underneath... Meadows are delicate....

Folks are planning on moving on site today. Please use the buddy systems when walking around the gathering as folks have been getting stuck in snow drifts and have had to be rescued.

Be prepared for mosquitoes. 

* * * Directions * * *
From Portland, take I-5 North 30 miles to Woodland, Washington, Take exit 21, and go east on Road 503 which becomes Forest Service Road 90.  Continue on FS90 (when it come to the intersection of hwy 25 and rd.90 stay to the right and continue on 90). Turn right right on Curly Creek Rd. Drive 5 miles.  (Curly Creek may become Forest Service Road 51). Turn left on Wind River Road and drive 2.5 miles. Turn left at Forest Service Road 32 and drive 1/4 mile to Road 3211 and parking. Here's a google map.

If you're coming from points east - Take I-84 to Hood River Oregon. Go north on the Hood River Bridge (Hwy 20) to Hwy 14 in the state of Washington. Go west on Hwy 14 to Carson, Washington. Take Wind River Road north 26 miles to Lone Butte Snow Park. Turn left on Forest Service Road 32. Drive 1/4 mile to Road 3211 and parking. Here's a google map.

Entrances to this area from the east and the north are not passable at this time because they are blocked by snow.  SNOW SNOW SNOW. Do not go this way and get stuck in the snow.

We'll be at Skookum Meadow which is at 3,200 feet about sea level. For current weather, click  Weather

gates are to be opened soon..snow plows need to get in to clear some please be patient..try to hang out for a few more days, cause you might get there and not be able to park yet..walk in is estimated to be about 3 miles from one source..but iam not 100% sure on the parking yet..Cougar Washington is closest respectful to the locals..pick up garbage and no spanging please!!!! come prepared for cold wet weather...your coming to the great north west and this summer there is still snow!! local authorities are being very cooperative this year..but please make sure your vehicle is good running condition and you give no reason to get messed with!!leash your dogs...and please walk lightly on the land...your walking into the most well know big foot habitat..Skookum Meadows...have fun and see you there!!!

 The closest large airport is Portland Oregon (PDX).  After that Tacoma would be next and the Seattle next closest after Tacoma.


  1. If anyone knows why (on the northerly route) Curly Creek Road is recommended instead of 5150 (between 90 and Meadow Creek Road, please do tell. 5150 seems shorter, wider and better traveled.

    Google Maps even suggests it as the way to go.

  2. from what i understand is the scouts have only traveled on curly creek..per ben de vries...i do know that most areas are gated off there all year long so there may be only the one way in..trying to confirm still which is the better route but ben said to take curly creek..*pippie*

  3. So are we completely expecting a wintery gathering? Is it going to be cold all day and wet in the meadows? Sounds a bit uncomfortable.

  4. A cold and wet seed camp for sure but we often have that. I'm sure it will warm up for the gathering itself.

  5. It will definitely rain off and on at least until the first. I would expect some sunny days but very cold nights.

  6. WEall control the WE(at)here with our thoughts, visual concentration and sound vibrations. WE can OM away clouds and WEcreate Heaven on Earth with our collective consciousness. Think a warm beautiful GatherWEing with warm sunny skies, lots of fresh water, beautiful people swimming, lying naked in the sum , doing yoga, sharing food, playing frisbee, singing drumming, dancing, fiddling, talking ,smiling, sharing, trading, showering,eating sleeping, reading , wring poetry hiking and just having a FamilWE WEunion a GatherWEing of the Tribes, a WEonederfull time.

  7. Mycology guru Paul Stamets has confirmed that he will attend the national this year, as he resides in washington state. As well as attending the council circles and prayer connections for peace, He will be conducting question and answer sessions regarding Gaian Theory and his ideas on the mycellium of our world rooting us all. If you arent familiar with Paul and his work with mushrooms amd fungal entities for medicinal and healing properties, please come and meet him as he is a true visionary towards the light. He has eluded to revealing some new secrets unlocked regarding recent discoveries of some special mushrooms found in the gifford/pinchot areas.

  8. Thank you so very much for all of the up to date information. We have been following the blog closely and spreading it through our networks.

    Wonderful. So much gratitude!

    See you soon!

  9. Could someone please post directions from seattle?

  10. From Seattle, take I-5 South to Woodland. Then follow the Portland Directions.

  11. Nearest Greyhound bus depot, for those favoring public transportation, appears to be Hood River, Oregon. Family Transport will be available from there.

    For those disciples of St. Zita, patron saint of finding things down the back of the sofa, a 2 week advance ticket will save you some dosh.

  12. Can you give us an idea of what the snow situation is? Is it actively snowing or is there only ground cover? And how much snow - a few inches or feet?

    Thanks again!

  13. re: driving in to RboG from East.... my roadmaps suggest that the bridge connecting I-84 with WA Hwy14 is a free bridge at The Dalles crossing, while the bridges further west at Hood are noted as toll bridges.

  14. Karin
    Your a Godsend!!!
    Thanks soooooooooooo much for all you help.
    We be heading out this week from Fla... won't let the snow derail us. Hope reach family in a week.

    Can you report what is the nearest store/town/gas?

    Much Love!!!!

  15. Nearest store/town/gas appears to be in Cougar, just outside the southwest of GP Forest.

  16. Did I read that right? A three mile walk from parking to the site? As an out of shape person, I say Yikes!

  17. This should be interesting.. A town that has relied on logging for many generations. to be invaded by a bunch of tree huggers..

  18. Thanks Karin, I love the 407 rap in rainbow colors,,,And everyone should read this rap multiple times. See you in the woods love mama T

  19. Hey yall, this is a must-look-at website I want to share >>
    and here you can freely search topographic maps of all forests. You can switch between map - terrain - roadmap - topo map - satellite picture and really look into the site to heart's content. The area looks checkerboarded with past clearcuts but plenty old forest too.
    Just poke in Gifford Pinchot, Skookum Meadows.

  20. Hey all! I hope everyone is doing great. I plan on leaving within the next week to fly out to Portland, Oregon to make my way to the gathering. I'm not exactly sure if there is available transportation from the airport to the gathering (this is my first time on a plane) so I thought i'd contact you with hopes that someone will know any possible way. Thank you so much and I am really looking forward to this. <3

  21. hey, anonymous who is flying into portland, i'm flying into portland on thursday and getting a car. Love to find a navagator to help me with gettin home
    imbolc michael find me on fb, ok

  22. briggi!
    Thanks so much for leading me to this site!!!
    Is the gathering in Gifford Pinchot?
    What's Skookum Meadows?

  23. J
    -geographic site name

  24. about the gates..article will not come up but the blurb for it says,

    “Those folks are digging themselves in. There are nine-foot snowdrifts in places.” The road to the meadow is gated, so those taking part in the celebration will have to hike in three miles, Sandusky said. “We're not opening the gates for them.

  25. Hood River apoears a bit south of destination...... are there other options for those of us travelling via bus from the north (eg Canada)

    How is it from Home?



  26. FAR is it from home


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  28. Hi,
    I hope this helps...using Google Earth I determined parking at:
    46 deg 2' 47.51" N &
    121 deg 51' 39.14" W

    I wish I could walk 3 Not anymore.

    All the best,


  29. Any updates on the plowing and the length of the walk into the gathering? Is there a handy camp entrance? I have broken foot and need an easier way in. Any advice?

  30. Notice, please stop peeing on our local produce, just to gather it later when it is thrown out. This has been witnessed and video recorded already. Not endearing us locals to your "family" at all.

    1. This same rumor is repeated every year. I'm familiar with it going back my 20 years. Who knows how much longer the rumor will repeat. I'm always amused by how someone goes into a grocery store and "pees" on produce. Are we talking men or women? I'm having a hard time picturing myself climbing into the lettuce cooler, pulling down my pants and peeing without falling on my back. Doesn't seem like a quick and easy process to me and I wonder how it would "happen."

  31. Please let us know if north or east entrances to the forest become passable if possible, thanks family.

  32. Hi are there directions out there anywhere that include exact mileage for each road? thanks

  33. Arriving Thursday evening and was wondering what to bring to share at the kitchens and do I need to bring cooking stuff or is it all taken care of already?

  34. Anon, you should have your own cup, bowl and spoon. Feel free to bring lots of fresh produce, rice, pastas, basically anything that can last a week without refridgeration and not spoil. Flour, sugar, coffee, spices, etc. cooking oils, teas......

  35. Any updates on the snow shoveling, opening the gates, camping conditions and the like?

  36. CHEAP PUBLIC TRANSPORT OLYMPIA TO WOODLAND There are CAP buses from Tumwater (next town south of Olympia) to Woodland. One bus goes Tumwater to Longview for $1. Another bus goes Longview to Woodland for a buck. The schedule is infrequent. Here is the link: . Also, you can take an Intercity Transit bus from downtown Olympia to Tumwater Square to catch the CAP bus.

  37. Karin
    Thanks for your updates!!!!
    Was wondering how are you able to get these update out, is there receptions of some sort there? if so which?

  38. Jay,
    I believe the only reliable cell service is from town. Karin contacted me from there. Rumor has it someone was getting some bars, "up on the hill" whatever that means, but I don't know which company.


    These directions have been updated based on some voicemails from Karin, who is onsite. However, I was not able to update THIS post, because I did not write it (Argh!) so I wrote a whole new post which can be seen farther up on the blog. Please follow that new list of directions.
    Thank you.