Kelly and I went to Burning Man again. It was my 4th year going (in a row!) and Kelly’s 2nd time. It was also the best year yet for both of us, as a couple and for each one of us as individuals as well.
First of all, our camp was fabulous. The Black Rock Center for Unlearning (BRCU for short) ended up being a great area to hang out in, and when we showed up on Thursday evening we were amazed at the set-up. A semi-circle of carports facing in with a big shade cloth joining them together like a circus tent was the main area; in the middle, a bar and some sound. The camp was most active during the lazy hours of the day, with people relaxing on the many pillows and chairs, and lots of interesting/weird conversations.
From what we experienced, it was drama-free and everyone made us feel very welcome. That’s always nice, and makes a difference in making one feel comfortable and at home.
The rest is hard to explain. It is, after all, Burning Man! So, here’s a list of things in no particular order that made this burn jump to the #1 spot:
- We ate really well. Not only had we planned and stocked much better than last year, but our camp-pate Jerry delighted all of us with his superb culinary skills. Out of nowhere, like a rabbit from a hat, delicious food was being offered and shared between everyone at BRCU. Such a treat! We didn’t even finish all of our food, because we didn’t have to eat it all.
- Our sleeping arrangements were much better than ever before. Even though our plans to borrow an RV fell through, we got a nice tent (as in, bigger than a 2-person backpacking tent where we couldn’t even stand up) and some cots to sleep in, which made a world of a difference when it was time to sleep. Apparently, sleeping well enabled us to have a lot more energy and motivation to enjoy the time we were not sleeping. Who would have thought of that?
- The weather was much nicer than last year. There were no dust storms that lasted more than 4 hours, but we still got plenty of playa everywhere.
- After the Man burned, we went and partied at the Root Society. There was a 200-foot wall where video was being projected, and easily thousands of people dancing. At one point, we climbed onto an art car called The Jellyfish, and found it mostly to ourselves on the top. We danced for over an hour, looking over the crowds and soaking it all in. It is now one of my best memories of Burning Man, and if you click here, you’ll see a picture of me basking in that glory.
- Like in 2008, I got to hang out with my good friend Cory and explore some of the art in the playa. Like back then, this was also one of my favorite things… but this time we both had our significant others with us, which made the shared moments and sights much more valuable.
- Having Kelly with me always makes things better, and we did lots of silly things together. We got ice-cream in the middle of a hot day and pop-corn in the middle of one night, we took pictures and wrote shmoopy things on places where such things could be written. Since this wasn’t her first burn, she had a much better idea of what to expect, and I think that made everything a bit better. Or maybe it was just because we treated Black Rock City as our second honeymoon destination.
Ideas and plans are already in the making for next year! We’d like to have something more to contribute, hopefully in the form of an art car or something small yet interactive. Just because this year was the best, it doesn’t mean we’ll sleep on the laurels. Quite the opposite! The goal for next year is to make it even better. The bar is just a little bit higher now, so that just means we’ll have to work a little harder for it.