Burning Man is meant for a badass. You’ve got to be ready. By ready, I mean you must come adequately prepared and above all else, you must have the right mind set. For starters, the place is huge. Not like Outside Lands huge, I mean like Mad Max metropolis in the freaking desert huge!
“The Man” is the center of it all. Just under half a mile away, down a torchlit avenue is The Temple. The temple marks 12 o’clock the rest of the “city” is situated like a clock from 2 o’clock to 10 o’clock. The city blocks are intersections of time and letters. Once you figure out certain landmarks it’s quite easy to navigate through Black Rock City, population 70,000.
Beyond The Temple, way way out into the desert, there are amazing art installations. From ornate and beautifully configured flags to a free standing room of pool noodles.
On one particular day time trek, we packed a backpack full of booze and water and just went for it. Am I wrong for thinking that getting buzzed while hiking to art in the high desert with my husband is amazing? No way! I’m right on the money with that shit! We met the coolest people and took pictures of each other and laughed and talked and kissed…. And kissed.
At night we would venture to various parties and bars, filling our glasses with the love and generosity of the masses. Finding pockets of live music, dancing next to fantastic art cars (some carrying dozens of people!), wandering into random domes and gazebos to rest and make out. Yep, that’s right I said MAKE OUT! Between kids and jobs and general life responsibilities, we often forego the full and unabashed make out session. Not at Burning Man, though. Burning Man is perfect for that sort of thing!
Meandering through time and other people’s spaces with the love of my life is my idea of heaven in the high dessert. Camping with a group of incredible people, celebrating the life of an amazing woman in exactly the way she requested me to, was perfect. I said many times leading up to my visit to this magical playa, that I would probably only go once. Now that I’ve “been there done that”, I say “until we meet again”.
The Burning Man event is a completely unique and incredible experience. There is nothing else like it on this planet. If you can leave your judgement and smug disposition at home, if you can dig deep and find your inner badass, if you want to feel like one small but fantastically beautiful and completely significant part of a great puzzle, then I recommend Burning Man for you. If you go, find me on the clock at 2:45 & I. I can’t wait to fill your cup and have an adventure!