Let me start out with saying weekend 1 was a blast and a half!
I am having withdraws already and am wishing I could attend weekend 2 to see everything that I missed.
This was my 4th Coachella and 3rd year attending the festival. I have camped 3 of my Coachella experiences and it's my favorite way to get the most out of the festival. My friends and I like to get to the grounds when the gates open for camping on Thursday morning so that we can be in Lot 8 and have a quick walk to the gates. This year was no different, we got there early, waited to get searched, waited for out friends in the waiting lot and were on our way. But there were two lanes and the right lane when passed through, continues to lot 8. The left lane was taken around to lot 4, I have never noticed this before that they filled up lot 4 so early on in the day or maybe this is the first year. Either way, it was a little upsetting because we show up early to be as close as we can to the gates. It's just how we roll. But everyone in lot 4 was in the same boat and were early for the same reasons as us. We bonded and had a great little community, so I am glad that worked out. We all seemed pretty bummed though about our placement and that we had to walk about 15 minutes to the festival gates when we showed up early to avoid that. A bunch of the spaces had red ants roaming EVERYWHERE and I have never seen those in lot 8 before. We overcame being upset rather quickly and had the beer flowing in no time. Just advice for those who who are showing up early weekend 2, get to that right lane after the search! Try to avoid lot 4 for convince purposes because that walk in the heat is awful and if the wind and dust at night is being kicked around on the walk back to camp, it is worse.
Overall, our community was cool and friendships were formed over loathing of red ants, love of hummus, and the sport of flip cup.
We are lot 4!