Monthly Archives: August 2006

First Night out on the Playa – BRC, Nevada, United States

My patio table art car friends were zooming past again on their way to the DMV so I jumped back on for the ride. Apparently, all the art cars must be inspected and approved before they are deemed playa worthy. After a thorough check by the officer, he slapped on a sticker and we were set. He reminded us that in order to drive the car in the dark, it would have to come back and get a night license. I was impressed by the level of organization, care and safety being taken to ensure no burners got hurt. read more

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Camp Cosmic Elvis – Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

I was standing in front of my tent thinking about organizing the mess inside when all of a sudden a patio table motored by. Complete with an umbrella and people perched on the benches surrounding the circular table. I was fascinated to say the least so I grabbed a couple beers from my cooler and hopped on. I had a great time getting a tour of the playa with my new friends who had somehow lost their camp. We drove around drinking tall cool ones and munching on juicy watermelon chunks. read more

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Cosmic Elves – 4:44 and Guess, Nevada, United States

My camp was called “Cosmic Elves” and it was our first year as an independent theme camp. As far as I could tell there were about 80 of us, mostly consisting of Canadians generally from Western Canada. Cosmic Elves are those who share a desire to nurture and explore Gaian intelligence and design as well a celebratory reunion with our galactic citizenship.

We are a group of conscious individuals working towards peace and harmony between humans and Mother Earth. There is an air of environmentally friendliness and personal (as well as group) spiritual growth. It was my observation that most of us were gentle, kind, generous and aware. I was honored and grateful to be part of such a highly evolved team. read more

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Lay of the Land – Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

Monday was a long day, my first real day on the playa, and seemed like 48 rather than 24 hours. People were arriving throughout the day so there was still a feeling of unsettledness. I rode around on my bike a little bit scoping out the lay of the land. I was still in wonderment of the desert floor. The rough hardened earth cracked into an neverending maze was so foreign to me. I stared at the ground for sometime enthralled by the sheer beauty of its nature. I could already tell that the immaculate patterns would not last long after the thousands of burners trampled over them. Already the roads separating the sectioned streets were pounded down by the vehicles. The fine powdery dust would hang in the air creating a hazy cloud as a bike zoomed by. read more

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Setting up Shop – Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

I woke feeling my throat was an odd level of scratchiness that was not comfortable at all. I stumbled out into the darkness locating Dylan and Casey who had just returned from a night bike exploration around the developing playa city. I managed to choke out a panicked “need water” to which they graciously gave me a nights supply. I realized at that point that this desert dust was something to respect and be mindful of. After learning it was only 430am I dragged myself back to bed and promptly passed out. read more

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Entering the Gates – Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

We arrived to the outer limits of the line shortly after midnight when the gates opened. All I could think about was going to the bathroom after the couple of beers we had during the last rest stop. Just when I thought my bladder would burst, we pulled up to the porta potties. I have never been so relieved in my life.

I went to the ticket pick up window and the kind man who sorted me out, gave me my first gift. He had made a laminated card with a coded map of the playa which would be very handy for someone like me. I thanked him then proceeded through the gates where I got to ring the virgin bell. Security checked out our van (I was now riding with Dylan and Casey) and waved us through. read more

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Whacha gonna do when they come for you? – California Highway – 15 mins from Nevada Border, California, United States

It wasn`t long after we had clicked our seatbelts and were on our way before we got pulled over. Joey asked if we were all buckled in earlier to which I had answered in the affirmative, fully thinking I was. But somehow, I was mistaken and when I glanced down I noticed that I was actually not buckled in at all. I scrambled frantically fighting with the seatbelt which just happened to get stuck at that very moment. I collapsed in relief when I finally did get it secured just before the cop walked up to my window. read more

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Last Stop – Lakeview, Oregon, United States

Our last day before heading to Black Rock City and we were ready. We all woke before nine so we could enjoy the natural hotsprings at the motel. As it was Sunday, we had to get our use in before they pulled the plug to do the weekly cleaning. I hopped out of the van and made my way to the pool where I found Dylan, Casey and Anna well into their bath. read more

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Packing on the Kms – Lakeview, Oregon, United States

We drove long and hard after a tense breakfast by the side of the road. We all tried to have a meeting and dissolve some of the stress but it didn`t seem to work. I guess it is a given when a group of strong minded individuals are shoved into a small space for any extended period of time. The fact that there were some unresolved issues and romantic history probably didn`t help matters. read more

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Shop till we Drop – Spokane, Washington, United States

We woke up this morning very early just as the sun was coming up. None of us had slept enough but we had to get moving or we may lose a whole day in procrastination. Somehow we ended up at Starbucks, some of us happier about this than others, and set up breakfast in the parking lot. Dylan prepared us a healthy bowl of goodness which we all devoured while basking in the sun. read more

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