People are crossing the country to attend this year's Rainbow Family of Living Light and connect with others they feel share their goal of peace, love and illumination.

But hosting up to 10,000 people in primitive campsites on a Vermont mountainside strains the resources of the U.S. Forest Service and some locals see the event as an intrusive gathering of aging hippies.

The decades-old annual gathering of "Rainbows," as they call themselves, is expected to peak July 4.

Rainbow Jai Love, of Eugene, Oregon, says many people who thought they were lost, find friendship and family.

Mount Tabor store owner Cindy Kapusta says she's just trying to be prepared for the thousands of people descending on her town.