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“Icarus” poses in Spring Camp, surrounded on all sides by scenic bluffs. Having attended Human Nature (in Elsea, WA) and Where Life Begins (at Triangle Lake) prior to WTF, he notes, “At this one, the loving energy is just way more abundant.”

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Alina Buttars rests next to the White River. Off-limits to would-be swimmers for liability reasons, the river still provided a cool scenic component alongside the path from campgrounds to attractions. After going to Symbiosis, Photosynthesis, Lightning in a Bottle, Shambala, and Burning Man, she can confidently report, “This is pretty similar to the other ones, but it’s a new property. So the landscaping and the land itself brings a whole new vibe to it.”

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Palmer has brought his unique mohawk crosshatching to Lucidity, Symbiosis, Lightning in a Bottle, Bounce, String Cheese Festival, and Cognitive Awakening, just to name a few.

“This is my favorite fest of the year so far!” he gushes. It’s the location, the layout, ambience, lighting—it’s the opposite of a sh* show; everything’s really put together. Except for Adventure Club. He was terrible. Who booked that guy?"

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(Full disclosure: Image background has been digitally de-cluttered. This photo accurately represents the subject but not the scene.)

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A live painter finishes depicting the Mayan 2012 apocalypse, and wastes no time moving on to another image.

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Jasmine Greenough strikes a bellydance pose beside the WTF wading pool, a wisely-installed concession to fest goers for the lack of river access. After testing the waters at High Sierra and Earthdance, she says of WTF: “The pool’s awesome, and the weather is sunny. It’s not too hot in the day, not too cold at night. It feels very creative, really intimate, and not too generic. And everyone’s been really chill—except for one really intense lady.”

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Naomi Samara befriends a stuffed toy with a hand-carved Native American-style wooden face outside one of a smattering of shopping tents. While WTF is the Balinese visitor’s first festival, we heard from shopkeepers that—for better and worse—it’s a little less hectic than certain concert juggernauts.

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Luna LaBelle and Philip Maggi enjoy each other’s company in front of a “climbable megaflora” lily created by Chad Gaetz.
Between them, they’ve been to Burning Man, String Cheese Festival, and Oregon Country Fair. “We love the installations that you can play on,” exclaims LaBelle. “And it’s a small enough venue that you can actually see the musicians,” adds Maggi.

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Patrick Thornton reclines on one of the bed-like platforms that surrounded the truck-mounted foldout vaudeville-style “LOL” stage.
Coming to WTF via Starscape (in Maryland) and Sasquatch, he observes, “There are no ‘dude-bros’ here like at Sasquatch.”
(Good point—though we’d only go as far as to say “fewer.”)

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“John Boy” stages an impromptu sun salute in front of the massive white canopy of the Effin Stage. Set far back in a spacious field, it’s the venue with the most room for attendance to grow. After going to Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, and the String Cheese Fest, John enjoys “seeing all the amazing columnar basalt structures” that encircle the WTF grounds.

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Shade-seeker Samantha perches on one of the festival’s artfully installed benches. An attendee of Conscious Culture, Paradiso, and the Doe Bay Fest (in Washington’s San Juan Islands) she echoes others with praise of “the infrastructure, honestly. For such a small festival, there’s so much beautiful stuff to look at! It’s obvious that they put a lot of effort into the setup, where other festivals don’t install nearly as many places for people to relax.”

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Adopting the “leave no trace” mantra from other festivals (most notably Burning Man), WTF makes a concerted effort to minimize littering and trash pileup. Fewer porta-johns with more frequent servicing also minimize overall impact. PoMo finds this a welcome relief after witnessing swirling tornadoes of trash at Sasquatch.

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