September 3rd, 2001


Burning Wreckage

Back from Burning Man... and I have much to do and relate. I didn't take a ton of pictures, nor did I write much of anything... I really felt the need out there not to document every last element of my experience. Burning Man is best not lived behind a camera. The LiveJournal Camp at Burning Man did VERY well for the first year, though, and I can't wait for next year. I have lots of ideas and only about 357 more days to go...

The tent was surprisingly successful and was a popular place to lounge... it even had a nice sound system and cool lighting for dancier moments, such as Daniela's birthday party or the Playa Colada party. It was a lot of fun meeting everyone... there were over twenty LiveJournalers at Burning Man this year, based on our initial count. We even had a drop in cameo by The Cocky Bastard, who nobody else seemed to know of but I... very nice of him to make an appearance. Oh... we also had a group photo done by a professional photographer with a full studio out on the playa. Very cool...

I am glad to be back though. The ride back was unbelievably torturous. The single lane road out of Burning Man is packed with relatively slow moving RVs and trucks under the best of conditions, but someone tried passing a huge long line of slower vehicles by going into the oncoming lane and hit an oncoming car, and then proceeded to create a six car pile-up. One fatality, lots of broken glass and a completely burnt out vehicle by the side of a road. Just goes to show that stupid actions are severely punished in the Black Rock Desert...

Basically, 6000+ people spent a collective three years waiting for the road to reopen. We were stuck out there so long that we might as well have just pulled off to the side of the road and camped. We got into Sparks/Reno, hit a truck stop, and got a room, driving the rest of the way today.

Still disjointed. Need sleep. Need people to unload all my crap from the back of the minivan. ;-)
  • daniela

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hey, everyone..

made it back this morning at 6am, after being stuck in the same 3-hour jam on the 447 as everyone else. i think there were actually two accidents on that road yesterday, because people are talking about this six-pile up, which i didn't see. we did see the one that happened around 5:30pm - some guy was driving with an unbalanced trailer which strayed into oncoming traffic and a burner heading back from reno hit at full force. two fatalities, the ranger told us. i am still pretty shaken up about it. if there is any lesson i took away from this burn, it is the temporary nature of life.

we did get to spend 3 extra hours on the side of the road with indians from the tribe which lives on the black rock land - the stories they told me about this spiritual land will stick with me forever.

so anyhow.. i wanted to say THANK YOU to all the lj'ers who helped make my week so wonderful. this was definitely my favorite burn so far, and the generosity and love in the lj camp was a huge part of that. i am really sorry that i did not get to say goodbye. i stopped by before the burn and after, but everyone was out partying as they should be.

please, new friends, drop me a comment so i can remember all of your usernames and check in on your journals.

thank you so so much to insomnia and iceblink for their incredible hard work pulling this together. the birthday party was very, very special for me. i can only hope that next year i will be able to show you the same generosity (we have already begun planning for our structure + accessories for next year).

i love you guys. i hope your week was as wonderful as mine.