So…We Accidentally Parked at a Music Festival.

A few Sundays ago, we packed up and drove a couple hours to, what was supposed to be, our new home for 2 weeks. However, apparently, there is a 60 mile cell phone dead zone along that stretch of Idaho, and the campground was smack-dab in the middle of it.

The very apologetic man who ran the place had a Verizon booster, and said that sometimes people can get service if they stand on the porch of the office. Otherwise there was an internet phone that sometimes worked.

Ed thanked the owner, and we drove South until we found a place with phone service. From there, we called the park we were planning on staying at for the eclipse.

They said they could squeeze us in,
but there was a hitch…

For 362 days a year, the Golf Course RV park in Challis, Idaho, is quiet and mostly occupied by retirees and golfers. But, once a year, thousands of people converge on this little spot for a huge, 3 day country music festival.

It’s called the Braun Brothers Reunion Festival, and apparently, it’s a pretty big deal.

Basically, the Brauns are a family of musicians who have all gone off and started other bands. But, once a year, they return home, bringing their bands and other top names with them.

It has been an ongoing event for decades, and thousands of people have made it a tradition to attend the festival every year.

When we arrived, the park looked like this…

By the end of the week, it looked like this…
Braun Brothers Reunion Festival

Not that I’m complaining!

It was an amazing experience, and I’m so glad it worked out that way. Some of the highlights include:

  • Not having to park/drive – I love festivals, but hate parking and worrying about who’s going to be the designated driver. This time, we just had to wonder back to our campsite.
  • My first concert t-shirt – Yeah. Pretty pathetic for a 41 year old.
  • Hugging Jeff Crosby – Yum.
  • Not groping Jeff Crosby – It was tough, but I managed.

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