As most of you know, summer is my favorite time of year. Summer is great because just about everywhere in the country the season is wonderful. With a few exceptions here and there, southern Texas and Arizona being some, you can’t go wrong where you’re headed. And for someone who travels the country going to different art shows and exhibits, this is great news for me!
Well, this year I stumbled across something entirely new to me and it was one of the most creative studio exhibits/art showcases I have ever seen. The showcase was called “The Wilderness Wonderland” and it was in a small art community in Oregon, roughly 50 miles outside of downtown Portland.
It was an outdoor exhibit and apparently attracts thousands of attendees each year. Who knew? I just heard about it this year.
Anyway, the basic idea behind the show is that the people going to see the exhibits also camp out overnight out in the woods. They arrange the art throughout a long nature hike in a national forest where you can go for hours not only appreciating the natural beauty of the landscape, but also the pieces of art along your way. There are tours that are lead by guides or you can do a self-guided tour throughout the trail with a map that is given out to each attendee. The map has three different stopping points where it is advised that you stop and camp, depending on how far you want to go each day. It’s next to impossible to finish the whole thing in one day but I suppose it could be done.
As I said above, I had never even heard of this art show until I was in Portland and people started talking to me about it and even then it was only going on for another two days! Thankfully I always carry a bag with a top rated tactical bag review manual in my van full of everything that I need to survive for at least 72 hours. It worked perfectly for this trip.
I had everything that I need to camp out, to eat, and to drink, so I didn’t even need to buy anything new, although I will need to replenish the supplies in my bag now that I have used some of them up. This is probably a good thing though because I always supply the best bug-out-bag packing checklist and was getting a little bit old. It’s probably better that I used them up this weekend otherwise they may have gone bad.
After doing this trip, I took a leisurely three days because the Oregon scenery is just so beautiful, I highly advise anyone to take this trip. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors with some outdoor and survival camping, no electricity, no water, just you and the great outdoors. Well, that and some of the best art that you can possible dream of. How much better can it get? I know if I can make it back out to Portland next summer that I’ll be doing it again. I even bought a few pieces to add to my collection. Support local artist, am I right?