I follow several people's blogs. one of my buddies blog (he didn't want me to share it with you) recently posted about bonfires and how they are a way to "leave our chaotic society" not bring the party and all else that comes with it up the mountains. As much as I love my boy, I must respectfully disagree. Bonfires are one thing, campfires are another. Here are some helpful tips on identifying which you are headed to before you are out of cell phone range and can't make new plans.
How to spot a bonfire:
1. If you receive a text that starts with FW: or receive a facebook event request about it, it's a bonfire
2.If more than 10 people ask you if you heard about the "fire" tonight, it's a bonfire.
3.You have seen at least 2 trucks filled with pallets driving near the canyon, it's a bonfire.
4. If your roommates or friends need to go home to "get ready" for the fire, it's a bonfire.
Now bonfire's are great. It's like a party up the mountain with: good music, friends, the chance to meet new people, and if you are in cedar, probably some rifles will be there.
However, if you are like my friend and want more of a relaxation time, you are looking for a campfire. These are usually planned out well in advance, you'll probably call up your closest friends (or they will call you) and in place of pallets you will have some actual firewood.(I prefer the stuff from the maverick.) And obviously s'mores. Campfires are also great, I've had some of the most meaningful conversations of my life by campfire. So there you have it, how to tell what type of fire you are going to. Oh ya, either way; don't forget the bandana.