A spur of the second choice a number of months in the past result in myself and some associates flying out to Florida in early February for the primary installment of the East Coast Campout from our associates at Dirtybird. I don’t fairly know why however we figured in case you have an opportunity to hit 2 campouts in a 5 month span, it’s best to leap at that chance. And so we did. And January got here to and finish with us flying red-eye to Orlando.
We land in Orlando Thursday morning and as we stroll by the airport in our zombie-like state, we seize a automotive, some breakfast and head to an area Walmart to get provides and meet our crew. Surprisingly sufficient, we met a handful of campers there who had been additionally from California.
As we felt ready sufficient, we ventured off to St. Cloud. Being native Californians, the Florida panorama was a very outstanding website. It felt like we’d reached a wholly completely different nation with such a distinct pure setting than what we had been used to. We reached the venue not lengthy after and obtained set with our early arrival passes. Making our technique to our campsite, we had a sense this was going to be a weekend for the books.
Thursday evening was an actual deal with. We made our technique to the bass lodge for two electrifying units by Claude adopted by Seth Troxler. Our scattered crew met up proper on the entrance and raged for hours that handed like minutes. With a powerful crew of early arrival campers, we set the tone for the evening and the remainder of the weekend as we made new associates and danced by the jet lag.
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Because the bass lodge got here to an in depth we made our technique to the renegades for the evening. Assembly and dancing with new associates from everywhere in the nation and simply having fun with the superb vibes you’re certain to seek out at each DBC.
With Thursday coming to an finish, we made our means again to the Dodge Caravan that was our tent for the weekend. If you find yourself at a pageant on the opposite facet of the nation and suppose “hey, let’s simply sleep within the automotive all weekend,” ensure you deliver some sort of padding for those who’re sleeping within the trunk. It’s not enjoyable waking up with bruised hips from all of the plastic and metallic you find yourself sleeping on.
How was Friday? Let me inform you.
It was superb. Friday was a day for video games and a few superb meals. There have been a handful of distributors at this yr’s campout and I beloved each single certainly one of them. I went three days with out meals on the west coast campout however there was no means that was occurring in Florida. I obtained a style of the sort of meals DBC brings out and I’m partially wanting ahead to subsequent years East Coast campout so I can have some bomb fries and nachos once more. We moved sluggish Friday, consuming, partying and taking part in video games. The spotlight of the evening being soccer with Claude. The person really is multi-talented…till he eats it on the soccer discipline and decides to name it an evening.
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Saturday started with one other go to to the meals distributors. A lot for losing a few pounds and turning into wholesome, I’m right here to spend $15/meal, 5 meals a day on some superb meals. Not lengthy after that, we made our technique to the birdhouse to jam out with the legend himself, Mr. Christian Martin. The vitality on the birdhouse throughout this set was memorable, to say the least. With most campers in a single place, it actually felt like everybody was on the identical web page and simply really glad to be having fun with the gorgeous climate and an opportunity to see one of many true legends of the DBC crew.
Following Christian Martin, we jumped round and obtained loopy with Ivy Lab, danced to the entertaining Sage Armstrong, obtained just a little bizarre with Will Clarke and went as laborious we probably might with Fisher.
As we ventured again to camp, we made a cease on the bunkhouse for the comedy present. The DBC crew did an important job of reserving some hilarious comedians who had been a pleasant change of tempo from the loopy day we’d had. Hanging out on the tables and bunkbeds, we had some nice laughs earlier than taking a fast breather at camp earlier than an evening stuffed with renegades, a few of which had been fortunate sufficient to be blessed by the presence of Billy Kenny, Ardalan, and Justin Jay.
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Sunday. Like all good issues, campout mustn’t ever finish however for some cause it does.
With a late begin and a grey sky, we made our technique to…the meals distributors for some nice breakfast. Fries and hen subs are applicable no matter what time it’s. Then we paid a go to to the bass lodge as Roni Size lifted our spirits out of our our bodies.
Justin Jay took the stage after Roni and it was one thing I undoubtedly wasn’t prepared for. My first likelihood to see him stay and I really remorse lacking out on his earlier exhibits. With a melodic, simple begin, we discovered ourselves jamming out to the most effective funky city remixes I’ve ever heard. Justin Jay was probably my favourite set of the weekend, one which I bear in mind vividly and completely loved.
The subsequent few hours had been spent catching up with crew members and having a blast with Shiba San and J. Phlip. As J.Phlip took the stage, we felt it and realized the solar can be gone for the remainder of the day and would get replaced with these longed for Florida rains. Though just a little anxious at first, the rain made for an much more enjoyable and eventful time on the birdhouse.
“That is most likely probably the most enjoyable I’ve ever had in my life.” – Fadi AbuZaineh after watching Biz Markie. Sufficient stated.
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Our final cease of the evening was the Tremendous Bowl get together. I gained’t say a lot as a result of I made sufficient of a idiot of myself telling everybody the Pats would win. However what struck me throughout that recreation was what number of campers had been hanging out, within the pouring rain, watching one of many worst defensive video games of all time, and simply having a blast. Folks had been turning into associates and joking round. It felt like being a child once more, simply at a celebration, having fun with unusual firm and setting the muse for relationships which may find yourself lasting a lifetime.
We completed the sport, bid adieu to campout and become some dry, heat garments earlier than venturing off to a random car parking zone to sleep in our automotive as we realized we had a full day to kill earlier than flying dwelling.
Perpetually grateful for the superb vibes and weekend we had simply skilled, all I can say is…is it time for the West Coast campout but?
Cowl picture by Tristan Leto
Written by Asad Chishty