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[ft-l] Rainbow tribe?/Hiking in Ocala
I guess it may depend on what group you run into, the ones I've seen down in
Ocala did not fit your description. The main problem I have with them is
that they take over an area for a long long time. Everyone of course has the
right to use the parks and forests but few of use bring a couple hundred
friends to take over the place for 8 or 10 weeks.
"Si vis pacem para bellum"
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> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 18:14
> To: J Bryan Kramer; HDBMA@aol.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [ft-l] Rainbow tribe?/Hiking in Ocala
> On my last 5 day hike through Ocala forest this past June with my
> Boy Scout
> Troop, we met up with some Rainbow Family Members at Farles Lake. While I
> admit, Leave No Trace was not a high point with this particular
> group, they
> were friendly and pleasant. Though I did notice a lot of trash in the
> outlaying areas aroun Buck Lake. I shared some Sage with them and had a
> good conversation, before we left on our way.
> Back in 1985 in Missouri's Mark Twain National forest, I camped at the
> annual Rainbow Gathering over July 4th. I had a great time. We were
> welcomed as we backpacked in with the greets of "Welcome Home"
> and "We Love
> You". Trash and litter was nonexistant or under good control considering
> the 5000 people that were gathered, and their "society" functioned rather
> peacefully and pleasantly, almost utopian. Some Rainbow Families are very
> active in Environmental Issues and Concerns, as well as classic anti-war,
> anti-violence concerns. Yes, there were many of the "Old Hippies", and a
> lack of clothing....and some seem to be nomadic beggars, if not
> But overall, I've never has any problems with any Rainbow that I've met.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "J Bryan Kramer" <email@example.com>
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> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 4:21 PM
> Subject: RE: [ft-l] Rainbow tribe?/Hiking in Ocala
> > It was I, the Rainbow Tribe, Family or Pests are a bunch of
> over the hill
> > Hippies and their sprats. A lot of them spend most or all of
> the winter in
> > Ocala NF and they do not believe in leave no trace, washing
> themselves or
> > cat-holes either. They are accused of being the source of a lot of petty
> > crime with how much justification I don't know. The rangers loathe them
> > try various schemes to make them move out but to little
> apparent success.
> > They have some websites:
> > http://www.welcomehome.org/rainbow.html
> > Its hard to believe that they aren't more well known. It can be
> a shock to
> > run into a pack of 50 year old men wearing loin clothes, scraggly beards
> > smelling like thru hikers. I don't have anything against people
> like this
> > but when you get hundreds of them in the forest for months it can be off
> > putting.
> > Bryan
> > "Si vis pacem para bellum"
> > > Someone mentioned the Rainbow tribe while responding to the
> > > hiking thread. What is that?
> > >
> > >
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