Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
192Trip End Oct 14, 2011
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My friend, Bill, and I finished loading everything into our cars, filled our gas tanks and headed for Burning Man. We didn't hit significant traffic until we were on the Burning Man entrance road. We then spent around five hours sitting in a slowly creeping line of cars.
We eventually made it through the first gate, Will Call, the second gate and the greeting station and into Burning Man. We then started looking for the theme camp we're part of, A Shack of Sit. We finally made it to where we'd camp an hour or two before sunset. We unpacked a bit and then did a little exploring.
Burning Man is a difficult event to describe. The Burning Man web site describes it as, "an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance." It's held in the Black Rock Desert, 120 miles north of Reno, NV during the week leading up to Labor Day. The desert is in a dry lake bed, or playa, that is the largest flat area in the country. The temporary community, known as Black Rock City, had a population of over 50,000 people this year who built Black Rock City only to dismantle it a week later, leaving the barren desert until the next year.
To understand what Burning Man is like you really have to experience it. The next best thing is to look at some pictures. I can't process my pictures until I get home so, for now, if you want to see what it's like you'll have to google around or look on flickr.