5 Points Gathering at Mount Baldy during fourth of July weekend taught me the true meaning of a gathering. Perched upon a mountain that requires a chairlift to ascend, attendees load themselves and their camping gear onto the lifts and the adventure begins.
For centuries, the mountain has been an important symbol to the spirituality of mankind. Often referred to as the Holy or Sacred Mountain, in many cultures its peaks were worshiped as Earth's closest steeple to heaven and other celestial dimensions.
Music festivals are blossoming like a tulip field after an April shower. There is a musical Renaissance happening that the world has not seen in decades. Live music has always been around, but the music festival is an entity incomparable to anything else.
Though seemingly disorganized, Serenity Gathering managed to put together a beautiful festival in spite of oversold tickets and overworked staff. From the eyes of attendees, it was nothing but beautiful music, art, performances and oak trees.