Prepared to live out of a backpack.

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2010

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Well, another successful year. Its very difficult for me to sit down and begin to write about what I experianced this last week. The burning man community is so unlike anywhere that to completely capture the essence of the event in words is extremely hard to do. There are so many lessons to be learned out there about survival and radical self reliance, personal and community relationships, Personal limitations and abilities, strength and weakness of character, that I hope I can give some coherent explanation of the value this event has had for Ryan and me this past week. Especially prior to the main journey.
  When we got there we had a moment of thinking to ourselves....what are we doing here? We were tired, hot, then freezing, and kind of just overwhelmed. but slowly the restrictions that life in LA puts on your spirit started to lift and we began assimilating into our community. The thing that really helped us make that transition was offering the gift of a helping hand. It started with decorating cupcakes for a wedding in our camp's bakery which was way behind due to one of the ovens only heating to 300 degrees. Here we were, dressed like Indians placing tiny sprinkles and arranging treats on a three tiered serving tray! One of many moments where you just have to laugh at the situation.
  My favorite moment was volunteering to run the Hookahs in the hookah Dome after then burn. This is one of my favorite domes with dark red fabric draped everywhere, and a lot of world beats playing. A very intimate space where belly dancers and hoop spinners perform as everyone lounges on pillows around the Hookahs sharing smiles and stories. This had always been one of my favorite camps so to get to help out was an honor and a great way to wind down and reflect on our last night. 
  We ventured out on bikes often to explore the city. You never know what you'll run across. A giant metal flower growing out of the playa, or maybe someone will usher you into a compliment booth and tell you how wonderful you are (It took Ryan a minute to notice the sign....he said "wow, I just thought they were REALLY nice!") We went to a brewery and met a brew master from Reno who let us taste a stout, Jalapeno pils, lemon lime ale, and a wit bier (they ran out of bananna) then we played some billiards (i won!) under his shady tent structure. At one point a GIANT luxury Yacht rolled by and we considered chasing it down for some cristal and hot-tubbing
Another Giant Bonus was camping with a group of true artists, and some devoted veterans of the event. A giant Solar powered bus provided us with a huge shade structure, tons of power that we never even really used except for the sound system that i think Rusty rigged up (he and his wife scrappy make sound effects in the real world) We had talented costume designers, movies and mens clothes, an ex-air force pilot, and painter, a Columbian Beauty who just spent the last few months helping with the oil spill clean up, A guy in the process of learning to train SWAT teams, And of course the Gadget who builds just about anything but especially electric cars and motorcycles among other talented and creative people. We had soooo many great laughs my belly is still sore! Theses are some of the quickest Wits I've been around in a long time. They made it such a special time.
Other than that I think the pictures speak for themselves...I could probably go on for days and days, but I'll spare you the Novel. I feel like we are both in a perfect head space to go live out of suitcases and wander the world! I feel so fortunate for what I am learning and experiencing. Hope you enjoy these kooky shots!
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Brooke on

You look gorgeous in all of the pictures and it looks very exciting and inspiring. Love you Berit and can't wait to hear more of your adventures:)

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