It's the 25th Anniversary of Hempfest! We were excited to get the team - @DabTechDanny and myself, along with our #dabwives @BrideofDabTech and @EdiEntwives my own lovely #entwife.
We showed up and toured a bit, went around the south end of the protestival. It felt great to take part in history and we had quite the adventure, running into pals and friends all over the place. It was awesome to take part in the protestival!
It was an adventure. On the way there, as we pulled into our local potshop Gypsy Greens in Chehalis, there was a truck pulling a trailer with a wheel on fire! They were just putting it out with an extinguisher, so we continued on our way. En route, we saw a trailer with a speedboat behind an SUV blow it's tire out at doing 75 on I-5 Southbound. It was nuts.
Everyone got flipped out later on when we could not get our rental away from a cavalcade of boat and horse trailers for several miles. I was trying my best but we were surrounded. Somehow that made it my fault!
As soon as we arrived, we saw some awesome patriot taking protest bonghits right on the main pathway. Passing them, my wife recognized Budtender Jordan from Cannabis 21, and I realized that the braided young man with the bong is none-other-than Budtender Jeremiah, also from Cannabis 21, who was on Marijuana Encyclopedia Episode 10.
Just a bit further down the path, we stopped to collaborate in a shady spot at the south end of the event. While organizing my team, my wife saw another Cannabis 21 shirt, then noticed it was worn by Aaron Cain who was with his fiance Lisa Jackson (who I heard is no longer at Sweet Leaf, which explained her wearing the C21 shirt!)
We talked to quite a few people, but then found our way to the Freedom Market tent which also had Mary's House of Glass co-located in their tent. From a bit of a distance as I walked up, I saw the stoutly built, smiling manager of the Longview Freedom Market. Shane made eye contact with me, excused himself from his current conversation, and grabbed a couple things. He took a couple steps out to meet me and we slapped skin and gave a bit of a hug. Good to see an enthused homie who knows what is up. Shane's legit, he is leading one of the best stores in the busy city of Longview.
Jeremy is real too! He runs the Kelso Freedom Market, which is basically my local away from home. I love the stores, the staff, and the people at Freedom Market. At their booth, I apparently didn't get a single picture worth a damn! Neither did anyone else. That's ok, head to the Freedom Markets and check them out!
We did some more wandering, got separated, ran into my good friend Liz from Sweet Leaf and then finally came up to the Heavenly Buds' tent. While everyone else was standing in line to buy a t-shirt, I saw a familiar blonde hair sitting in the close seats in the Hemposium tent. I snuck up and sat down quietly. Chad and Windy both seemed a bit surprised by my sudden appearance. Ents can be quick.
Throughout the time we hung out, lots of protest happened. Someone showed up with a retail-purchased 5-pack of amazing Heavenly Buds hand-rolled ATF joints. The day was saved by Steve from High End Marketplace, who I first met at Hempfest. It was actually a lot like Windy and I summoned him. She was like "Oh I could really go for a dab right now" and lo and behold, some dude I was about to get stoned with came wandering up behind the tent with a Pelican case and an array of dabs. I was thoroughly impressed with Skord brand cannabis, which was dabbed around the circle generously.
This was a great time, we didn't visit anywhere near as many tents as we expected to (sorry to my Honu fam! I totally missed you and I really wanted to see you all!), but we had amazing adventures nonetheless.
Also, during this chill, we had an incredible Jeffrey by our sponsor and friends, Northwest Pearl,
Oh yeah, and @DabTechDanny and @BrideofDabTech both got Heavenly Buds logo tattoos! All it cost was a T-shirt and some time! They got those by Michael Olsen of @olson_originals who is doing this as kind of a permanent thing at all the fests and vendor days that Heavenly Buds will be at for the foreseeable future.
Shout out once more to all our Sponsors - Forbidden Farms, Honu, High 5 Cannabis, and Northwest Pearl! Plus advertisers Rootworx and Green Barn Farms!