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Harry and I went to Burning Man for the first time this year. We were coming from the East Coast, with no car. We learned a lot about how to plan out the logistics. Here’s some things we wish we’d known way earlier in our planning process.

1. How To Get Water

If you’re coming from the East Coast, unless you’re driving there, bringing enough water is incredibly hard. Your best bet is to find a camp that will supply you with water. As a last resort, they do sell ice at Burning Man, which you can melt into water, but the lines are usually very long, and the ice is expensive.

2. How to Get There

The Burner Express will take you straight there. There’s two Burner Expresses, one shuttling from San Francisco and the other shuttling from Reno. Go through Reno. The Reno Burner Express will make a stop at a store from which you can get last minute supplies.

3. How to Get Your Bike There

The cheapest option is actually to get a bike near Reno (or I believe when the Burner Express stops for shopping). If you must bring a bike from home, there’s usually a container service (run by volunteers) in your city that will ship it to Burning Man. To ship the bike, pack it in a bike box. You can get bike box from a bike store. Shipping it back is tougher cause the box might get damaged on the way there. Bring extra supplies.

4. How to Join a Camp

Contact your friends and friend of friends. Go to a local Burning Man meetup if there is one. Find some kind soul who will make the right kind of introduction to let you join a camp. A lot of camps are about connections. Some aren’t. It’s still good to make friends thought.

5. Coming Back

If you want to stay at a hotel in Reno for a night before flying book, book way in advance. They will be completely sold out come Burning Man time.

Last but not least of our Burning Man adventures, in no particular order:

  • We went to the Temple. It was full of memorabilia of loved ones recently passed. I was not expecting that. It was a stark contrast to the rest of Burning Man. The ambiance was sad and heavy. The burning of the Temple on the last day must be very carthartic.
    Temple
  • Wandering about elsewhere, we were given jello shots with cherries, symbolic of our first time at Burning Man.
    jello shot
  • We also sampled the most refreshing banana orange smoothie, after a long walk.
    banana orange smooth from Camp Juicy
  • I stopped by the Cascading Trading Post, where you spin a wheel, open a draw, and leave something if you take something.
    Cascading Trading Post
  • We found Narwhalia, a camp that hosted a lot of activities like discussions about Narwhal genetics and Narwhal parade.
    Narwhalia
  • Sand dodgeball happened every night.
    dodgeball
  • We learned to build tin can stoves.
    tin can stoves
  • There was an awesome roller disco rink.
    roller disco

Overall, our first time at Burning Man was extremely fun. Lots of love and thanks to everyone in our camp!

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More Burning Man stuff we did!

  • Riding G Dragon across the Playa. (Seriously, biking is a lot of fun.)
    G Dragon
  • People took polariod pictures of us! I haven’t seen one of those cameras in ages!
    Polaroid
  • Harry had deliciousness from Moon Cheese.
    Moon Cheese
  • Fire cars!
    fire car
  • Temple arches with hand-dyed silks blowing in the breeze
    temple arch
  • A really cool installation where you lay on the floor and watch fire sprout from the ceiling
    fire ceiling

Not done yet!

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I just got back from Burning Man and it was AMAZING!

Here are some highlights:

  • The view of the Man against the mountain ridges was gorgeous.the Man
  • Harry had too much fun jumping on interactive lights that responded with different colors.jumpin' lights
  • Discofish went on the prowl at night, luring Burners with its grooviness.
    Discofish
  • The Dome on the Playa was full of hand bound books, blank and ready to be filled with guest stories.
    Dome
  • Embrace stood out on the horizon. Inside, two giant hearts pulsated with light.
    Embrace

All of this is from just the first day!

To be continued!