Off To The Burn

Tomorrow I’ll be packing up and heading to Burning Man 2013 with three of my best friends. This will only be my second burn and I’m nervous about the journey. It’s a long drive, and a week at the burn can be a crazy, intense, stressful experience. But it can also be magical, wonderfully insane, eye-opening, and introduce you to wonderful people and amazing experiences you could never find any other place.

Rest assured that I will be coming home with many pictures, and I’ll share them as soon as I can. For now, here are just a few shots from my first burn in 2011. See you in a few weeks!!! 😀

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There is always a sign to greet you when you reach the entrance to the playa. There’s such a feeling of relief and joy when you see that you’ve finally made it.

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Peter Hudson’s “Charon”. He’s an amazing designer and artist, and his zoetropes must be seen to be believed. This one was operated by people pulling massive ropes, and as the wheel spins a strobe begins to flash and turns the statues into an animated rowing skeleton, paddling into eternity.

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The Lamplighters procession to the Temple. They are a group of volunteers who spend hours each day and night lighting the gas-powered street lights in the city.

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Every year artist Laura Kimpton erects a massive metal sculpture comprised of a single word. Love, Ego, Mom……..this year her word is Believe. Apparently the sculpture was damaged during recent storms, but I hear that all has been put back together and is in fine shape now.

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El Pulpo Mecanico, by the mad genius Duane Flatmo. I can’t wait to run into him again this year!

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A spire of the Temple of Transition in 2011. This unbelievably beautiful temple was built by a crew of people from over 20 countries who dedicated months of their lives to creating and building this piece out in the desert. It was a wonder to behold.

A wider view of the temple.

A wider view of the temple.

The Trojan Horse. It was HUGE. And watching it burn was, and remains, one of the most memorable moments of my life (YEs, it was burned on purpose. That's part of Burning Man).

The Trojan Horse. It was HUGE. And watching it burn was, and remains, one of the most memorable moments of my life (Yes, it was burned on purpose. That’s part of what makes Burning Man so surreal and life-altering).

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4 comments on “Off To The Burn

  1. betunada says:

    whoa, doodette! yer awph to a buncha phunn! my brother sent an email w/many “major”/amazing struxures @ B M and your post has many of those. is this in northwest nevada?

  2. rangewriter says:

    This is one of those life events that I prefer to attend virtually. I look forward to your next post. 😉

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