This is for last Friday. Finally got some real, proper rides on the Mandala. It finally accepted me. I think I broke its spirit.
I took a look at a crowdy spot, then another crowdy spot (off in the distance) and gambled on the less crowdy, in-between spot. GREAT decision. I joined a 5-person lineup that dwindled to the two of us after one set. It was like our little secret in plain view. We kept waiting for the crowd to show up while we tag-teamed the sets. It turned soft with the high tide, but I already got what I came for.