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There & Back

So to get to Burning Man this year I flew into Portland where I was lucky to find an RV last minute basically AND for a good price, free miles and generator included. RV's are hard to come by for Burning Man, they get snatched up fast and paying $3000 for the week is nothing unusual. Last year I got lucky too and got to be in a huge RV for free! This year I had a 24' Winnie Minnie and I fell in love with it, my next large purchase is going to be an RV.....I've been wanting one for a while. Actually I wish I would had gotten a really nice RV instead of property in Las Vegas but oh well.....you live and learn.
Driving from Portland to Gerlach is less than 500 miles and wasn't too bad.



I drove and was the passenger. I LOVE road trips, one of my fave things to do.
Road trips - seeing new things while driving to whatever destination, stopping for yummy food, peeing outside, exploring, hiking and going to hot spring - that's when life is good!
I have many future road trips planned.





Once at Burning Man I used my brand new Fjällräven (which means arctic fox) backpack every day. On it I attached the wooden Burning Man and the vial of Playa dust I got last year plus some other trinkets. So when I came across Deery Lou, a Sanrio character that is super KAWAII I just had to stop and take a pic of my backpack right there. I was really excited!
Yes, all things KAWAII make me excited.





On the way home I really traveled in style once I got to the airport in Portland. My backpack was dusty so I put it in a WalMart bag, that was my carry on. Very stylish! I actually thought that was rather funny. And my hair was total Playa hair (more on that subject later).



Leaving Burning Man (also known as Exodus) was surprisingly easy this year. I left around 7 am Monday morning and basically drove straight out, that was great. Last year I waited in line to get out for at least six hours if not more, I can't remember exactly now.
Tonight I have some serious Burning Man withdrawals. I miss it terribly. I'm bored and I wish I was back at the Playa, dancing somewhere.......here is a pic of the sun coming up while I was packing and somberly getting ready to leave.





Burning Man Bikes

The bikes at Burning Man are amazing.....well some of them. I am fascinated and very appreciative of the bikes that some very creative people made.
Like this one.....I think this was my favorite. Her name is STAR and the eyes light up and so do the long wispy eyebrows, this bike was soooooo cute! I fell in love with STAR!



And here are some other bikes that I came across and took pictures of. There were many more. And I HIGHLY recommend that you bring a bike to Burning Man, without one you will be kind of removed from the things that there are to do and see. And trust me, you will want to do and see! Sure you could walk but the distances on the Playa are long, walking takes up valuable time and biking is so much more efficient. There are community bikes but finding one of those can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. So yes, absolutely bring a bike to Burning Man. There is at least one place in Gerlach (the closests by town) that rents bikes if you don't want to buy your own or transport it.......or abandon it on the Playa.













My bike. I did not decorate it because I didn't have the time and I did not get any supplies for decorating. I only got a Hello Kitty basket to hang in the front and it definitely came in handy, that too I recommend. So you can put your stuff there instead of carrying it all in a backpack at all times. I got the bike on the drive to Burning Man at a WalMart for $80 and it worked GREAT! The only complaint I have is that the seat was rather uncomfortable and made my butt ache, so I have to get a better seat for it so my poor butt won't be in pain. Now the bike is at my friend Sarah's place in Vegas where I will pick it up at some point and use it at the next Burning Man I go to.









I enjoy biking at Burning Man.....I miss it. Yes, it can be hot (it's the desert so it's hot during the day), dusty and windy but it's part of the experience. Sometimes you have to put some effort into pedaling through some deeper sand and other times a dust storm engulfs you but it's Burning Man and you are one of the lucky ones that are there! Enjoy and embrace it while you are there!



Tragedy

A very unfortunate tragedy happened last Thursday morning at Burning Man. A girl died after she fell off an art car and either got hit by it or got under it somehow. Her name was Alicia and she was described by her friends as "a ray of sunshine in every situation, and an amazing artist who radiated wonderful vibes." Alicia has been in my thoughts and I can't even imagine being on the receiving end of getting horrible news like that about a friend or a family member. This makes me sad. It was not fair. A tragedy absolutely. Poor girl. I'm so very sorry. Why???



When entering Burning Man you get a book called "What Where When". It tells you everything going on at Burning Man, hour by hour from the start until the end. Well, not really everything......there is a ton of other things happening that are not in the book but What Where When is a great tool and start and gives you so many choices on how to fill your days at Burning Man. There is also a map of all the art on the Playa (this year 233 pieces) and other useful info.
Here are some examples of stuff going on and the book is 160 pages......so there is a LOT to do at Burning Man......it's impossible to do it all and see it all.

Sybian O's Young Sluts
Ride the worlds best vibrator. Enjoy a sensual massage and an assisted orgasm. (No boyfriends).

Traveling Shangri-Lounge
Find us in the deep Playa and we will serve you the best martini you ever had! Relax with soothing sounds by Frank Sinatra and be charmed by our staff.

Daily Yoga and Meditation at 8 am.

Life Coaching.
Professional life coaches available to advise you on any of your life stuff - relationships, career, bad habits, money, body...you name it, we fix it!

Pussy Day Spa
Ladies, are you thirty, dusty, or tired? Come to the Spa for champagne and a refreshing body wash, custom pubic hair styling and a pussy massage.

Hiney Hygiene Station
Our highly professional staff will use baby wipes, warm shea butter soapy water, moisturizing lotions, aloe vera, vitamin E, A, B5 and minerals.

Interactive Chakra Altars
Enjoy your own chakra journey through the 7 chakras in your temple dome. Feel yourself become whole and aligned throughout the journey.

Morphing Pain to Freedom
Explore accessing your deepest presence, energy, love and pleasure through mindful awareness. Investigate wounds, realize freedom.

Entheogens, Ego & the Akashic Field
How can entheogens most help us and why are they important today? This talk will cover a new theory from James Oroc, the author of Tryptamine Palace.

Anandapond Speaker Series: Paul Staments
Paul Stamets, plant biologist will give a talk,: "The Fungi Revolution."

The Power of Human Attention
Come see what it's like to tell your life story to a complete stranger. Search deep, explore, then return the favor. There's no limit to catharsis.

Twerkin fashion Show.
Get on the stage and shake your rump.

All Things Burning Man
A day dedicated to exploring and developments taking place within our community of Burners around the world.

I could continue for hours writing down stuff from What Where When......that was only a scratch on the surface. I was busy dancing at Planet Earth and other places, enjoying my time in Center Camp, biking around on the Playa feeling so very ALIVE (sometimes in dust storms battling through sand and enjoying every second of it) admiring art and engaging in people watching, talking, taking pictures etc. I did go to a few events that I looked up inside What Where When. Of course I rode the worlds best vibrator and had VAGINE washes and massages daily. I miss the Playa....... ;-)
I have 800 plus pics to sort through and pick out for the blog......so bear with me. My Burning Man experience will continue.

~ Alicia......may you fly with the angels ~


Grateful

I'm back home......and I'm tired. I was planing on writing a longer post about Burning Man but my eyes need to sleep, I've had a long day and a long night. I'm very grateful.....I've had an amazing time at Burning Man. I'm so glad I got to experience this again......and I'm already looking forward to next time. But now I'm going to sleep......



Packing

I'm packing for Burning Man tonight! I have two boxes of KIND bars. Belts. Sunglasses.
My goggles from last year. Bandanas. My new Fjällräven Kånken backpack (a Swedish classic). Two pairs of fringe boots that have been waiting for the occasion. Lights to put on my bike and on myself so I'm visible on the Playa at night. I'm not done with the packing yet, I have to take a shower and wash my hair and the toiletries go in last. I got a new memory card in my camera and I'm planning on taking lots of pics. As always I'm packing more than I will use.
Oh well. I'm not bringing my laptop......there will be no blogging from Burning Man.
Most likely a short entry tomorrow at some point and then I will be busy until I leave the event. I just read some reports that it's been raining hard in the area of the event and people have been turned away at the gate because the road is mucky mud and not safe for driving.
It looks like the weather will be better tomorrow. Wow......I sure hope so.



Ticket

I got my ticket for Burning Man yesterday! And a vehicle pass and a Burning Man survival guide. "Burning Man takes place in the beautiful, remote and inhospitable Black Rock Desert of Nevada, in a temporary metropolis called Black Rock City. As wonderful as BRC may be, the desert is governed by physical laws that cannot be ignored. You are responsible for your own survival, safety, comfort, and well-being and for ensuring you Leave No Trace."



I don't know how I am getting there yet.....besides on a flight out of Alaska. I don't know if I will be in an RV or a tent. So as of now.....things are up in the air. My plans were kind of like that last year too and I almost didn't go but then I decided to just do it and I had one of the best adventures of my life!

Caravansary

I got my ticket and I am happy, excited and emotional! I have been reading about this years theme and it's going to be AMAZING! I am so grateful and feel very blessed that I can do things like this. I went last year (my first time) and it was one of the best things that I have done in my life. I love Burning Man! Read more about Burning Man on www.burningman.com



"This year we will create a caravansary that occupies the crossroads of a dreamland: a bazaar of the bizarre wherein treasures of every sort, from every land and age, flow in and out to be flaunted, lost, exploited and discovered. This is not a tourist destination, but a home for travelers who come here bearing gifts. Amid the twisting and the turnings of its souk, participants will come upon an inexhaustible array of teeming goods and unexpected services. Anyone may pose as 'merchant' here, and anyone may play a 'customer', but nothing in this strange emporium shall have a purchase price — no quid, no pro, no quo — no trade at all will be allowed in this ambiguous arcade. According to a rule of desert hospitality, the only thing of value in this 'marketplace' will be one's interaction with a fellow human being.

Our desert inn will also be a scene of luxury and cultivated ease. An apron of fine carpets will spread out beneath the shade of portals that surround a courtyard. Here travel-wearied pilgrims may relax, inventing pastimes as they watch the whirling world go by. Workers of great wonders will be welcome here; fakirs, dancers, sadhus, seers and potentates will throng through this performance space, like figures that adorn the fabric of a silk brocade.
Finger cymbals, chimes, and music of acoustic instruments will fill the air. By night, bathed in the lambent glow of lanterns gently swaying overhead, fire spinners will perform around the Burning Man. This year's Man will rise directly from the desert floor and tower many stories high. Its massive torso will evoke a tiered pagoda; its ornate head will be a lamp that welcomes people home."

"Much travel is needed before the raw man is ripened."
—Proverb of the Caravan of Dreams



Me at Burning Man 2013. Photographer Michael Helms.