Good Mountain Town Gone Wild

by Rebecca on July 9, 2012

in Outdoor Observations

Just your typical Amateur firework set off 10 feet from you…

I could write a book about Growing Up Garlock. The multitude of traditions, the many little quirks and family style occasions that mostly centered around the Outdoors that I grew up with and still live by. The 4th of July is one of those occasions where the Garlock tribe has always come together for good food and fun times.

Yay for Sparklers

Growing up, every 4th of July was spent camping in the mountains which meant usually I was only given a sparkler or two to light and hold safely over the campfire.

Sometimes other campers (that dared camp within the vicinity of a Garlock camp compound) would shoot off real fireworks and I can remember my elders grumbling about the morons that must want to burn down the forest.

Sparklers roasting over a campfire was actually a real treat in those days.

But about 10 years ago the Garlocks broke a 60 year tradition and found a small town, still in the Mountains of course, to celebrate their 4th of July.

I’ve tried to explain to the innocents who have never experienced a 4th of July in the small sleepy town of Garden Valley that for one night every year, there seems to be no such things as say, laws or even guidelines.

This man came prepared for the war zone

Civil disobedience is almost…expected. 

In the big city of Boise Idaho where I reside, a firework that ‘lifts off the ground’ is considered illegal and the cops WILL come for you if you shoot one off.

An hour away in a typically quiet mountain town, if your firework doesn’t lift off the ground at least 20 feet and threaten bodily harm to those around, it is considered rather boring by the watching mob.

I asked various family members what how they would describe this unique experience and this is what I got:

Cousin: Vietnam War

Aunt: WW3

Friend: Good Town Gone Crazy

Cousin: The War Zone

A Roman Candle Salute

In other words, it’s pretty crazy and all of us go with the full understanding that we will return to the late night campfire to assess the damage and tell our stories of how we got: Deaf ears, burns in various locations on our bodies, burnt eyes from all the debris, holes burned in our chairs and other various collateral damage.

Helmets are advised along with hand held rocket launchers and protective eyewear

We also talk about how it was a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next year.

I hope your 4th of July was exciting, injury free and full of amazing memories!

All photos by my daughter Kaitlyn ~ taken from behind the safety of her camera

Crowds are not a concern, neither are telephone wires…


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

ShoremanNo Gravatar July 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

That is a pretty tough 4th to top. Crazy for sure, but fun too.



Nick@BrookfieldAngler.comNo Gravatar July 10, 2012 at 7:40 am

This sounds like a blast!!! – see what I did there?


PostyNo Gravatar July 10, 2012 at 11:56 pm

That’s the sound of Freedom!

We had some big boomers at the local fireworks show that shook the house. Much better than the lame laser light show they had last year because we were in a severe drought and couldn’t light matches, much less set off fireworks.

and remember: store bought fireworks are for sissies!


Ken GNo Gravatar July 12, 2012 at 5:40 am

Growing up in Chicago, we had a few empty lots and lots of 55 gallon steel drums that normally were called garbage cans.

On the 4th, they became a contest to see how far one can be lifted off the ground.

One year we went too far and never celebrated the 4th the same way again.

Too much shrapnel and a shattered picture window.

Now that I’m older, more experienced and have legal access to all kinds of things that have explosive potential, they quit using those 55 gallon steel drums as garbage cans.

Plastic just doesn’t cut it.


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