I heard that over 200,000 people tried to buy tickets to Burning Man 2015. I was one of the lucky 70,000 who snagged a ticket, thanks to the superb internet skills of my friends Pam, Brian and Donna. $390 buys you entry only to the most God-forsaken part of the planet, Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Your assignment is to bring in everything you will need to survive intense heat, cold, and dust storms for a week and to take everything back out. Leave No Trace is one of 10 principles of Burning Man. Fortunately, BM provides 1,400 port-a-potties, so that's one thing we didn't have to take back out with us. I know the numbers because I had the privilege of meeting Robbi, the self-assigned "Shit Queen of Burning Man."
|My friend Susan and I met in early 2010 after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Susan is a nutritionist and volunteered to help out in Leogane, Haiti, the epicenter of the quake. We've stayed in touch, even after she recently moved back to San Diego, and figured out we were both going to Burning Man for the first time. So, like newbie leading newbie, we collaborated for a month or two and figured out what was essential to pack into her Toyota 4-Runner for the two of us.|
|I decided to skip the glow sticks, but I was gifted many throughout the week.|
|RVs like this cost around $3,000 to rent for the week.|
|NEED TICKETS. I heard scalpers in Gerlach were buying for face value of $390 and reselling for $600. Not a bad business.|
|Fortunately, our plan to wait until early Monday morning (August 31) paid off on a quick entry. It blew my mind to imagine all of these lanes filled with RVs, buses, trucks, campers, and cars for hours and hours.|
|We drove right up to the lines and were inside the gates in about an hour, which gave us time to turn off the engine and get out and stretch. Susan spotted a friend of hers and went to say hi.|
|Susan is all smiles and barely dusty at this point in our journey.|
|Here comes Captain Underpants to check us in. Hardly a newcomer to Burning Man.|
|Another one bites the dust!|
|People were still setting up when we arrived. We heard there was a terrible wind storm the day before, but now we arrived to perfect weather, not too hot, and not windy at all. This gave us a false sense of security.|
|Here I am, ready for action!|
I finally had enough money to buy Burning Man tickets this year so I'm about to have my first Burning Man in 2017. I can't wait! I just hope I don't look too out of place.
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