A Happy New Day at Hippie Days in Gardner Colorado!


For ten years now, the tiny town of Gardner has hosted “Hippie Days.” What’s that? A two day meeting of the minds, or as the organizers like to call it:                                 “A NO BAD VIBES Music Festival.”

For the past two years we haven’t been able to attend. Last year we were moving the end of July, but this year we finally made it!


Here’s the first, and one of the coolest things we saw! This 1961 VW van was on the way to the junk yard when these folks picked it up for $113. It was stripped down, but they now tow it around with a water bed in the back. How cool is that?

IMGP5259We saw lots of booths selling hippie things like tie-dye clothes, jewelry, glassware…

IMGP5268… and a FREE concert all day and all night! The whole thing is free,

IMGP5281even the camping in the back of the venue.

This, of course, made me start thinking, my own personal addiction. How come I’ve never related to hippies? First of all I was born a little late for the whole hippie movement, and second I’ve always been too serious and scholarly for that lifestyle.

We still have one of the original hippie communes in our county, and some of the residents have lived there most of their lives. It’s hard for me to imagine living out in the country with no land ownership, building your own home, etc.

IMGP5253But I did LOVE that purple van with its COOL shiny crystal balls!

How did I end up here, feeling so fortunate?

I’m a newcomer to rural southern Colorado.  After two years I decided to compile a short journal about the ups and downs of moving from a good-sized city to rural America to build a passive solar retirement home in the foothills:

A Memoir of Retirement: From Suburbia to Solar in Southern Colorado

Please share this information with your friends if they are considering similar life changes. Feel free to contact me directly to discuss any of these challenges, and to order your own signed copies of any of my books!  Cheers, Laura Lee  (email me: MidlifeCrisisQueen@gmail.com)

Postscript, June 2018: There was no Hippie Days last summer. New word: Hippie Days will be held on July 27th and 28th in Gardner this summer!


9 thoughts on “A Happy New Day at Hippie Days in Gardner Colorado!

  1. I believe the Hippie Thing is one of those “You Had to Be There” Things. It was great fun. I noticed there were a lot of folks my age who showed up. IThe VW gives me a good idea. I never thought of towing one. Hahaha. Life is full of fun events.


  2. I was a hippie and it brought back memories to see those pictures. It was so long ago that I have forgotten so much of those days. Was there the smell of pot wafting through the air? Now that it’s legal in Colorado, I would be surprised if there wasn’t. 🙂


  3. I saw people getting high , but so what? It’s so common here now… The dominant smell was patchouli more than drugs. It was mostly an older, “no bad vibes” crowd, so I could definitely relate to that!


  4. Hi Laura Lee! How fun is that? I never really consider myself a hippie either….I think we are both near the same age. So yeah, I was a little young it fit it officially. And I can still hear my Dad fussing about those G-D hippies! hahaha. If I lived close I would go to it every year. It’s never to late to be what we once could have been! ~Kathy


Leave a Reply to Laura Lee Carter Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s