Box Seats at The Gorge for the massively talented Vermont jazz-rockers Phish were a bargain Saturday at less than $100. Not certain, however, that the like-priced camping at the official Gorge Camping and Cesspool and Raping Pit delivered such a bargain. Why aren't more of the streetwise phisheads camping and exploring the $11/day Quincy Lakes Wildlife Area, just upriver from The Gorge?
Wearing colorful clothing repels insects, snakes, and hunters, but with 20,000 phisheads less than five miles away, we still feel invisible in the ancient landscape with thousands of acres to ourselves.
Millions of years have passed to get us here, or is it just precisely one year from the renown 8/6/10 Phish show at the Berkeley Greek Theater? Thirteen years have passed since the triple-digit temperatures of the 1998 Gorge shows, but the powerfully hypnotized Phish foursome can still bring the heat. Saturday's 8/6 show was a tour de force of outdoor rock. Even in a plaid shirt?