it's more than halfway to summer

Stars and stripes, blue, red and white - the world around her was a myriad of colour, a maze designed to confuse. Only those blessed with steely eyes and a sharped vision could cut through its delicacies to pierce at what - and who - laid underneath. All these guests might have counted themselves among the high and mighty, claimed to have understood the games of power - but Victoria saw them for who they truly were - the ignorant and weak, innocent to what truly lay underneath. Make no mistake, it might have been a beautiful day - one of celebration and patriotism - but even a place of gilded splendor can be a battlefield. When at war, the struggle never ceases. And they might have stripped her of her gun and dagger at doors entrance - but that did not mean she was powerless.

More amused at the sights that unfolded than anything else, Victoria sipped on her cocktail, the bitterness of the gin tender on her tongue. Above her, the sun beat down - but did little to melt the ice within. It would take more than summer to melt the winter of her heart. Catching sight of a familiar figure appearing at her side, Victoria crooned, seizing the opportunity to get the first word in - gain the upper hand, if you would. “The world is becoming too small.” Swallowing the last of her clear liquid and draining her glass, she caught the bartenders attention. “And here I thought this event was for the exclusive.” The words danced on her lips - halfway between a jest and an insult.

Ken Kesey’s Son Is Using Kickstarter to Plan a Sequel to His Dad’s Legendary, Acid-Fueled Bus Trip

In 1964, Ken Kesey—intrepid psychedelic traveler and author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nestpiled into a multicolored school bus with his friends and a bunch of drugs and drove from La Honda, California, to New York City for Cuckoo’s Nest‘sBroadway premiere. The gaggle of proto-hippies traveling with Kesey were dubbed the “Merry Pranksters,” and their goal was to freak the fuck out of Middle America and document the whole thing for a feature-length film.

The movie they wanted to make never quite came to fruition, but the trip, and the Pranksters’ subsequent LSD antics, were cemented in history in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book,Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Prankster adventure, and Kesey’s son, Zane, is looking to raise $27,500 to take the Pranksters’ psychedelic trip all over again. The original 1939 Harvester bus—named “Furthur"—is currently rusting in a swamp behind the Kesey Farm in Oregon, but Zane has a new one, and it’s even more decked-out than the original. If you want to get on the bus, you can donate $200 or more to be considered for the trip. And if you were off the bus in the first place, as Kesey once said, then it won’t make a damn.

If the Kickstarter hits its goal the new bus with its new Pranksters will be swinging through America later this summer. I called up Zane to learn a little more about the trip.

VICE: Hey, Zane. How long has the Kickstarter campaign been going on?
Zane Kesey:
 Like three weeks. We’re around halfway to our goal and have a week left.

Do you already know who will be onboard?
There have been 20 or 30 applications sent in. If you donate $200, we’ll give you a bunch of cool Prankster stuff—but you also get to apply to ride on the trip with us, be part of the movie that we’re making, and become a Merry Prankster. Even if we don’t choose you, we’ll still send you a Merry Prankster laminate. It will get you on the bus whenever we go parading through your town.

I know you haven’t planned the whole journey out yet, but are any stops lined up?
We’re going cross-country and hitting a few really good festivals along the way. Lockn’ Festival in Virginia is a big one. Furthur, the Grateful Dead side project that is named after the bus, is playing.

That’s cool.
We’ll be at their only concert this year, at the final Allman Brothers concert, and then atPhases of the Moon Festival in Illinois. Then we’ll head to this art festival called Great North up in Maine, which has the best artists from across the country. We’re hoping they will paint on the bus.

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