Upon receiving my new amazing Therm-A- Rest Sleep System, I used it on the banks of the Colorado River at Riverbend Park in Palisade Colorado at the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival. I know this was not a backcountry experience, however sleeping on a brand new super comfortable sleep system made all difference while volunteering on the Green Team and enjoying this summer music festival for three days. My Green Team role involved working with a large volunteer team to divert all compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill while ultimately doing good for the planet and also enjoying some incredible bluegrass music in a spectacular desert riverside setting with friends.
Hanging out in the huge Riverbend Park on the banks of the Colorado River was a treat. It was fantastic to be able to take a dip in the river four to five times a day as the June desert days are so hot and dry. After long hot days on my feet both working and dancing, retiring to my most comfortable therm-a-rest mattress and perfect weight sleeping bag listing to distant fiddle and banjo jam sessions throughout the park was glorious. Sleeping out in a walk-in campsite, distant from my car, by the Colorado River under the shade of these huge old cottonwood trees made for a fantastic way to enjoy the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival. Even though we were only a bike ride from downtown, it felt a bit remote and removed from the daily grind of town and work; a much needed respite.