Summer of Love Remembered – bus tours
The Magic Bus is a colorfully painted hippie style bus outfitted with a full sound system and video projectors. At times screen lower over the windows turning the bus into a moving movie theater that shows documentary footage of San Francisco’s the Summer of LOVE, the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park and other seminal events such as the Civil Rights movement, as well as swirling light shows and psychedelic imagery.
I missed the 1967 San Francisco summer of love, now celebrated 50 years late, by a year because I spent that summer in Europe. But love was still everywhere in 1968. I was in the navy then, so I didn’t feel the same amount of love as those who wore tie-dyed jeans and long hair were feeling.
I was born across the Bay from San Francisco and in 1968, I still had an aunt who loved there on a hill above the Mission District. So, I had a place to hide when I wasn’t standing duty aboard ship.
If you live near or are going to San Francisco between September 23 and September 30, these magical bus tours will either be nostalgia for your eyes–or perhaps a culture clash.