Since so many people have questions about shuttles and parking, I thought I would take the time to provide some basic information.
First off, I'm not on the land so I don't know what the parking/shuttle/handicapped parking scene is like today, but I've been to enough gatherings to know a few things about how this works.
Expect a dynamic situation. Especially in these early days, the situation is probably changing daily if not every few days. Even when I get info, by the time you read it, things may have changed.
A key concept to understand is there are two forces at work here:
- United States Forest Service (USFS) which controls where parking is legal and where it is not legal.
- The gathering participants who do their best to communicate the parking logistics and who drive shuttles.
- As of today (6/19) I'm guessing the situation is still fluid.
- Normally all 4 wheels must be off the road when you park your car - however heard a rumor that may not be the case here. Check with the parking crew on site.
- The USFS may change the parking requirements after you have parked your car. This means the "legal" parking place you selected when you arrived is now "illegal" and you may be subject to ticketing or towing. This is especially true in the early days but should all be sorted out by June 28 or 29. To avoid getting towed, make sure you check in with "dinner circle" once it starts happening as announcements about parking changes will be made there. Also check in with INFO once they are set up as they will have info on parking and cars that have been towed.
- At other gatherings I have been to, there has been a drop off point where you can drop off gear and passengers and then go park your car. I expect the same is true here. Please do not drop off your gear without a trusted friend to keep an eye on it. People can accidently or purposefully take a critical piece of your gear.
- Listen to what the parking crew is telling you to do. Parking crew can be tired and cranky but are always trying to help you avoid any legal problems. If you stop to unload, you better be quick or someone will be yelling at you to move on. Please be tolerant. Parking is a job many people don't choose to do so the few volunteers may have been up for 24 hours straight taking care of this critical function.
- Rumor is there is no real bus village and no parking buses on the road. Rumor is bus parking is in the town of Mt. Tabor population < 500.
- If you can, please help out with parking.
- The gathering does not provide shuttles. Individual gathering participants offer to drive or use their vehicles as shuttles.
- Driving shuttle is a tiring and stressful endeavor. Please be kind to the shuttle drivers.
- Shuttles consume gas. Either bring a few gallons of gas to donate or a few dollars to donate.
- Shuttles come in all shapes and sizes from vans to pickup trucks and what ever else you can imagine. Please listen to the shuttle driver as the person driving will be up to date on the shifting parking scene. (see above). As to dogs on shuttles, that is up to the shuttle driver. I imagine most folks using a pickup to drive shuttle won't mind. Other types of vehicles could vary.
- Don't let your gear get on a different shuttle than you. Stay with your gear at all times. Things get lost or occassionally walk off with someone else.
- Sometimes there will be a lot of shuttles running. Other times there won't be. Shuttle drivers stop when they have had enough or start when the spirit moves them to pitch in.
- If you are young and abled bodied without children you may want to hike it and leave the shuttles for those who really need it. But again, the situation is fluid. So if the shuttle is half empty, hop on board. If there is a single mama with 3 small kids or an elderly person, please let them go first. Think of how you would want people to treat your immediate family and treat your Rainbow family the same.
- If you can, please help out with shuttles.
Handicapped Parking & Camping
- Parking at this gathering will be tough and handicapped parking will be limited.
- There may not be a handicapped live in vehicle area near the gathering.
- If you are coming to stay, trying to drop the gear and person with mobility challenges at the trail head and then have a more abled bodied person go park and come back.
- We are hoping a handicamp space will set up close to the road and an easy walk into the gathering, but if it does, it will be tent camping only.
- Rumor is that Forest Service Road 31 is relatively wheelchair friendly.
- Find the "snow mobile gate" and ask the "welcome home" crew what is going on.
- If you can't carry your gear, ask for "sherpas." If someone is your sherpa, please stay with her/him and your gear unless you know them very well. See comments above.
- The closer it gets to the 4th of July, the harder the handicapped parking situation will be.
- Placards are usefully but not golden in getting into Handicapped parking areas.
- We are a family. If you have mobility challenges, let the strong and healthy folks help you. If you are strong and healthy, please help those that need it. When we help our family we all benefit. Interdependence is the key.
Bus Parking"Buses may also be parked in areas designated for vehicle parking to the extent they are parked in a manner that does not interfere with ingress/egress of normal vehicle traffic flow … Overflow and bus parking (which cannot comply with the prior parking standards) is available on the baseball field in the town of Mt Tabor …"
There are no facilities or water at the ball field. There is zero shade. The driveway is not marked at all. It is behind (west of) the back stop. If you miss it and just drive onto the field, there is a big drop off from the road (read: "CLIFF"!) and your vehicle risks destruction. Be sure to only enter this field from the driveway behind the back stop.