"Welcome Home" My First Trip to Burning Man

October 04, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Filing into Black Rock City, in the swirling white-out playa dust storm, my van was flagged to halt by the gatekeeper to Black Rock City. She was kind of a hippee girl, a young vivacious woman with braids and beads and a big smile. After checking my ticket and checking that I was the only person in the van inspecting the back and side doors of my van. She then asked if this was first time to the "Burn". I said yes, She then asked me to shut off the engine to my van and step out of the vehicle. Uh oh, that was a surprise, was I in trouble? 

"Welcome Home!" She exclaimed as she threw her arms around me and gave me a big heartfelt hug! So began my "Burn".

 

Adelina-Burning Man 2022  0277-Aug 29 2022Adelina-Burning Man 2022 0277-Aug 29 2022A friendly face on the Playa, "Adelina" as I recall. A psychic had told her mother that she was having a daughter who wanted to be called Adelina. The confidence is clear.
How do you describe Burning Man to someone who has not been to Burning Man? Surprisingly I found myself defending BM against many of the myths and stereotypes that get applied to make our lives simple. Right away everyone thinks it's a wild drug party in the desert with naked people running around. I won;t deny that there are elements of truth too, to many of the rumors and myths, it is not that simple to describe the experience of Burning Man.

Burning Man 2022  2-1245-Sep 01 2022Burning Man 2022 2-1245-Sep 01 2022The Burning Man is the center of Black Rock City. It is surrounded by gates to the four compass points.

Burning Man is a feeling, it is a Dream.

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Links to Galleries of photos from Burning Man:

Ultra Marathon put on by the Pink Flamingo Camp: 

Lamp Lighters Burning Man 2022  0162 1Lamp Lighters Burning Man 2022 0162 1Burning Man 2022 Each evening the Lamp Lighters ceremoniously procession onto the playa to place the lamps providing three gifts to the community, illumination, navigation, and celebration. 

Portraits:

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Happy Birthday Shannon, this is a nice group I meet at the Paradisium art installation.

Phoenix at Burning Man 2022  2-1437-Sep 01 2022Phoenix at Burning Man 2022 2-1437-Sep 01 2022 Anna B., known on the playa as Phoenix, modeled several times for me with her dance outfits. I posted a gallery of her images and I thank her for her creative spirit adding a certain theatrical feeling to the Dream state that is Burning Man. Here is her link: Phoenix

Loren-aka-'A Lad' at Burning Man 2022  2-1860-Sep 01 2022 1Loren-aka-'A Lad' at Burning Man 2022 2-1860-Sep 01 2022 1 Loren, who shall now be called A-Lad-In-(xxx), (fill in the last part to how the situation calls for it, in this case, A-Lad-In-the desert. was the whole reason I came to Burning Man. Loren is my son and it was his invitations that brought me to join his friends at our camp "Presence". I also want to share some photos with Loren. Loren's link: A-Lad-In-the desert


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