Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 30. ‘…and By Night a Solstice Island Rave’

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Tuesday Night June 21, on the Gulf Island Earthship Build:

Earthship Biotecture's Gulf Island accomodations, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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The workday is done, and now it’s time to relax. We’ve cleaned up, and arrived at the campsite the Eartship Biotecture Crew is tenting at. Some fellow Volunteer Interns from the build have organized a ‘Crew Appreciation Dinner’, at the crew’s main house on site used for cooking and showering.

Gulf Island house accommodations for Earthship Biotecture, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeEntrance to house accommodations for Earthship Biotecture, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Check out the unique chimney on the roof, and the cut outs on the front gate.

Gulf Island Crew Appreciation dinner for Earthship Biotecture, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Inside, Interns and Crew are enjoying a fantastic reprieve by being indoors, sitting in chairs, and dining at tables filled with a buffet of wonderful home cooking.

Open bar at the Crew Appreciation dinner for Earthship Biotecture, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeCrew Appreciation dinner for Earthship Biotecture, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The Intern Cook of the evening is serving it up at the open bar (left), while the rest of us are in good spirits for the evening.

Earthship Biotecture crew pitching in for the festivities, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Inside the amazing large kitchen, the Earthship Biotecture Crew have decided to pitch in and make some extra goodies for the evening menu.

Earthship Biotecture crew jamming for entertainment, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeEarthship Biotecture jamming at Crew Appreciation night, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

After dinner, the crew and interns enjoy an impromptu Jamming Session, with instruments they brought to the Island, and a complete drum set that was found neglected in the bowels of the house basement. The house is reputed to be haunted, however I’m not going there! For those of you curious enough to find out what I’m referring to, you can check out our Fringe Dweller website.

Islanders coming with an invite to a Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeLocal Island Vikings coming with an invite to a Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeGulf Island Blue Viking comes calling for Solstice Party invite, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Meanwhile… outside… a loud booming cacophony can be heard, and it’s getting louder. I’m out on the front porch, and greeted with this scene of strange creatures known as ‘The Locals’ coming up the lawn with a curious invitation…

Island Viking witth an invite to a Gulf Island Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Seems we’ve been invited to a Local Tradition… the ‘Island Solstice Party’, taking place on the extreme other end of the Gulf Island. After 4 and a half weeks on this remote, off grid Island, we’ve been embraced by the Islanders and included in this Mythical yearly tradition. The dilemma here, was not only getting to the ‘Other Side’, but back as well,  as we had another workday on the Earthship Build first thing in the morning … and just where was that booming German Reggae filling the wireless airwaves coming from???…

The Fun Mobile with desk lamps for Headlights, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… well apparently getting to the Solstice Celebration wouldn’t be a problem. The above ‘Fun Mobile’ was brought to our attention…

Gulf Island Fun Mobile ready to go, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… and we were curiously… speechless. With open mouths and pure wonderment, we circled the ‘Booming Sound System’ on wheels…

Local ready to go on the Guld Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeTop Notch assembly on the Gulf Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The driver assured me this vehicle was operational (left). Check out the ‘stick shift’ to the left of the steering wheel (right).

Hi Tech head lamps on the Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Yes… let’s just take a moment for a closer look. Let’s admire with a smile the ingenuity of recycling… bendy desk lamps for headlights… good for those hard to see spots at night… and in the dark  just have whoever is riding shotgun bend them accordingly. Just out of sight at the bottom is the power bar powering the Sound System, complete with iPod playlists. Where does the person riding shotgun sit you ask?…

Luxury passenger seat on the Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… well up front of course… in the lap of luxury. Who says you always need to see where you’re going. Where do the rest of us sit?…

Luxury seats on the Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… in the Living Room of course… and strapped in, well , at least the couches are strapped in.

Checking out the Gulf Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeStrapped in and ready to go on the Gulf Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

We couldn’t resist checking out the Mobile Living Room (left). Yes, those orange straps are not only holding the couch in place, but the giant speakers from falling off on each side as well (right).

Driving the Fun Mobile to the Island Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The drive down to the ‘Other Side’ of the Island with no windshield means…

No windshield on the Fun Mobile makes a Windy ride, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeMonica hanging on to her Viking Hat while riding the Gulf Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… a very windy ride, and hanging on to your Viking Helmet! Yes that’s me on the right with the goofy expression… wasn’t easy hanging on to my seat, my helmet, and operating the Flip Cam! (Eventually there’ll be YouTube postings of the evenings festivities)

Capturing the moment en route to the Gulf Island Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth HomeDrumming to the tunes on the Island Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Gotta get those photos of such a ‘Sweet Ride’, as well as being in the moment and drumming on top of the ‘mondo’ speakers booming out that crazy cool German Reggae.

Hanging on and Hand Surfing on the Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

There’s no seat belts on this ride… so hang on and ‘Hand Surf’!

Dark and windy on the Fun Mobile, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Eventually we arrive to the Solstice Party, and those bendy coloured desk lamps were handy in getting here.

Island Harbour view at the Solstice Party, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

By the time we arrived , I had just enough time to grab this shot of the Harbor in the fading light.

I have no photos of the rest of the evening… sigh… , so you’ll have to use your imagination when I describe the Live DJ combining vinyl with the digital age to produce a mix of Techno World Beats for an off grid outdoor Rave on the Coastal Rocks. People had brought their chairs and rugs from their homes and set them up here in the open ocean air to create outdoor Living Rooms with no walls. A buffet table was laden with everything from Salad to a plethora of goodies. Curiously, I was told the only ‘non-magical’ food on the table ‘safe’ to eat was the Chocolate Cake. It was divine. Others were BBQing fresh Seafood and Organic Island Lamb and Chicken for all the Carnivores.  People had gathered to share food, music, laughter, and celebration. One of the Locals turned to me with a big grin on his face and said ‘Welcome to the Island’.

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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3 comments on “Island Earthship Build: Week 5. Day 30. ‘…and By Night a Solstice Island Rave’

  1. Pingback: 'My Survivor, Island Earthship' Build with Michael Reynolds In BC, Canada, A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy | Middle Earth Home

  2. WHAT a RIOT!!! I know hard work had to happen but it looks like there was moments of fun that will be with you for eternity…maybe the haunting will also move onto a happier place…SUPER GOOD stuff, thanx for sharing such wonderful inspiration.

  3. Pingback: 'My Survivor, Island Earthship' Build with Michael Reynolds In BC, Canada, A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy | Middle Earth Home

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