Or these guys. These veterans opened the parade, and got a resounding ovation from the crowd for the work they do in advocating for the return of American soldiers missing in action.
Peacenik hippies would have booed "The Man" as he cruised by with his flashing lights and uniforms and sirens blaring. Right?
The fact is, hippies are complicated. We advocate for salmon habitat restoration...
And yet, some of the loudest cheers of the day were reserved for the funky cars.
Which brings me back to my point about hippies being complicated.
What people fail to realize is that day-to-day living up here in the redwoods is pretty challenging. There’s no room for laziness, and no one who chooses to make a life out in the sticks can afford to be anything less than resilient. The frontiersmen who settled this area in the 1850’s were the toughest of the tough, after all.
And survival out here in the woods requires working together - there’s simply no other practical option. So when the back-to-lander hippies arrived in the 1960’s, the locals taught them how to farm and hunt and fish and log. They taught them how to become self-sufficient fighters, and to teach their kids and grandkids to be fighters, too. The result is some extremely tough, sensible, hardworking hippies.