After traveling back from Canada to San Francisco, Jenine and I made a quick packing turnaround, grabbed our 24’ rental trailer and headed to Black Rock City on Monday Aug 25th. We heard that Burning Man was “closed” that Monday due to rain, so we camped out at a gas station and breezed into the Burning Man Gates for sunrise on Tuesday morning.
It felt so good to be “Home” after being away from BRC since 2008. It was my fifth time coming and Jenine’s second, and I think it was one of our best burns since my first time going. We camped right on the Esplanade with a crazy awesome crew called Dustfish. They were very welcoming, and it was so nice to have power and be in the thick of things.
Burning man is all about the people and community, and things could not have been better. We shared our RV with our good friends David (the Rev) and Haley Hot Sauce, and next to us were our good friends Timmy Sled Dog, Lawrence the Philosopher, Chris Pineapple, Jingles, Emily, Ashley and many other new friends.
It is hard to describe burning man, and there is always this moment of “Ohhhh, this is burning man” when first-timers arrive. And I think that Chris Pineapple’s dad put it best when he said, “It’s the most spectacular show on earth”.
Here are the things we loved:
1. 70K people coming together and all being so awesome to each other – a real community feel
2. The amazing creativity of the theme camps and artists
3. Art cars, art cars, art cars!
4. The beautiful scenery and sunsets
5. The awesome sound camps and all night parties
6. The spirit of gifting and opening up to everyone you meet
Burning man in a RV/Trailer was definitely luxury camping, but so worth it. If you are on the fence about going to Burning Man at all, our advice – DO IT! Find a camp to join or go with friends and make your RV reservation early.
When we got back to San Francisco, Sanjay welcomed us to his awesome Mission condo and threw us a rocking Goodbye weekend (it turns out this was not our last weekend in SF though…)!!!
We were supposed to be on our way to Utah this week (sept 15th) in our new Sportsmobile, but we found out that our van won’t be ready until the end of the month. Here is a sneak peak of our van we pick up on September 30th!
For the next two weeks we are doing trips around San Francisco (Bolinas and Santa Cruz specifically) and our friend Eli’s wedding in Cabo. The next time we check in – we should have our Sportsmobile and pics from our last weeks in SF!
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