Guest Author: Ariel Knapp

A couple of weekends ago Chad, Caitlyn, Justin, our friend LeeAnn and I went to Wheatland Music Festival. I’ve been going to Wheatland almost every year of my life and it is definitely one of my happy places. There’s good music, great food, and fun times with friends. Caitlyn posted about Wheatland last year so you already know about the gloriousness that is blueberry pancake sausage on a stick. Unfortunately, I didn’t take as many pictures as I wanted to. I was having too much fun to remember to bring my camera with me whenever I left the campsite.


isn’t that a beautiful face Caitlyn is making?
LeeAnn making her fancy sangria
LeeAnn making her fancy sangria
Chad making friendship bracelets at Middle Ground
Chad making friendship bracelets at Middle Ground
Caitlyn made felt purses and henna at Middle Ground as her volunteering
Caitlyn made felt purses and henna at Middle Ground as her volunteering
here's my parents. they've been going to Wheatland for 30 some years.
here’s my parents. they’ve been going to Wheatland for 30 some years.

It’s hard to find the right words to describe the conversations we had (that would not be nearly as funny to anyone who wasn’t there as they were to us) and the irritation you feel upon being woken up for the fourth time in one night because the drum circle is still going strong or a group of 15 people have broken out in song. Despite not sleeping well, we had a fantastic time. It’s always hard to leave at the end of the weekend. You want to stay and continue to have a great time with your friends, camping in the woods, eating awesome food, and listening to really talented musicians.

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Wheatland Music Festival






Over the weekend we went to Wheatland Music Festival in Remus, Michigan. It was so nice to go after about 5 years of being in Japan during the festival, even if we did have to volunteer one night for 8 hours straight (admittedly, there were a few exciting moments in the 8 PM- 4AM shift!). After taking a bunch of pictures throughout the weekend, I realized I didn’t really take any of our campsite or of any of the stages or food vendors! I guess I’ll just have to share those with you next year. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the ones I did manage to take 🙂


Chad starting out Wheatland with a little honey whiskey & a birthday oreo (I also managed to forget to take a picture of us singing him Happy Birthday with his little Blueberry Cheesecake!)

20130909-135121.jpgWe were lucky to camp with some wonderful musicians!

20130909-135126.jpgWe tried out the Starbucks VIA packets–did you think I could seriously go a weekend without Starbucks? 😉


Chad making coffee Saturday morning ❤


Something we look forward to every year: Blueberry Pancake Sausage on a Stick (shortened to B.P. S.O.S.)


Chad starting a hemp bracelet.


Time for a saw workshop with my sister-in-law Ariel’s dad!


Chad trying the saw for the first time (and Ariel supporting him in the background with a little PBR)


One of Ariel’s friends brought a portable darkroom & took old time photographs of Thom (Ariel’s dad) with his saw.


Ariel working on her friendship bracelet back at the campsite.


Chad working on his friendship bracelet.


Our completed friendship bracelets! We didn’t give up or get jealous of each other’s bracelets because…friendship doesn’t give up or get jealous.


A cool tree stump carving in Middle Ground


Chad and I made birdhouses! Bird house and friendship bracelet-making at Wheatland fulfilled two fun things on my Summer Fun Bucket List. Can’t wait to use our bird houses at our first house if everything goes well with closing! (By the way, don’t you just love Ariel’s expression as she sneaks a peek over Chad’s shoulder?)

20130909-135254.jpgWe also made Aromatherapy Bath Salts. It was super easy!



We had a lot of fun at Wheatland, and are looking forward to going back next year. Do you like going to festivals? Which is your favorite?