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Last Night

So after one week at Burning Man (I have already been away from Burning Man for several weeks now - it feels unreal) the time came for the last night........and the end was in sight. It is not a fun feeling at all.
It was a Sunday night. That is the night when the Temple burns down but I don't go to that anymore. Too sad. Instead I head out and take in all the sights and impressions and then I go to Planet Earth to DANCE! I want to dance and smile my last night. Well, I want to dance every single night when I am at Burning Man.
I had on the best shirt ever but I was so cold that night, even inside Planet Earth, that I spent the most time bundled up but when I did take off my jacket all kinds of people told me they loved my shirt. Me too! So I am wearing the exact same outfit next year.





I ❤ the 80's! If I could be any pop star in the world I think I would be Simon Le Bon. Singing all those amazing songs and looking super sharp while doing it? Yes please. And if I would let anybody touch me like THAT it would be Nick Rhodes. My huge teenage crush, one of the most beautiful humans ever. Look at his smile, mouth, eyes and style. Nick has it all. Simon is crushingly good looking too but Nick was always my fave. Still is.
After Planet Earth I went to Center Camp for a hot chai. Iced latte during the day, hot chai at night. So they have a book about Burning Man at Center Camp. It is an extremely entertaining read.....I thought I should mention that fact. You can own your own copy, Burning Man Live: 13 Years of Piss Clear, Black Rock City's Alternative Newspaper .



The future Mrs. Rhodes.



Woke up around 9 am on Monday September 5. Reluctantly started to take down the tent and packing up. Nooooooooo!!! People were slowly leaving, we were in exodus for about five hours. Grueling.



Thank You! ❤





And that my friends was the last entry of my Burning Man 2016. I hope I can go next year....!



Give

Sometimes random people just give you stuff at Burning Man. I always get the best stuff, I love all of my gifts. I keep all of them.
This year while sitting and reading at Center Camp a girl walked by and gave me these, what she called "love crystals". They were in a pretty pouch. ❤



And another time while I was walking away from Center Camp a man walked up to me and gave me this wooden necklace. ❤



I have an idea for what I am going to stock up on and give away next time I am at Burning Man.

Black Rock City Pics

I have some more Black Rock City pics to show......
First a pic of ME. :-)



You have to stay hydrated.



With my brother. ❤



We drank tea.



I spent time at one of my face places to be.....Planet Earth. Depeche Mode time!



Wandered around.....





I like this pic, a stranger at Center Camp.



With friends.



Read the message. New beginnings.....yes, I walked through that door with determination.



Far Out Camp

So this year at Burning Man I felt more tired than usual. At first I was not sure why......am I finally getting "old", am I out of shape? What could it be? Well, I am not a teenager anymore but I am not old and I sure have a lot more energy than some people. I have definitely been in better shape but I am far from out of shape. Then I think I got my answer. Our far out camp location. We set camp at the very outskirt of the Playa. On L. Way too far out and way too windy out there. Now I know.
When me and my brother finally arrived to Black Rock City it was getting late and the sun was perhaps an hour away from setting. We were driving around trying to find a spot to camp at and had to set up the tent before it got dark. So we just went with L. Well, biking back and forth all the way to L several times a day is more tiring than I thought it would be. So never again am I camping that far out, hopefully never again. We talked about moving camp a few days into it but were too lazy to.
Here is a map of Black Rock City 2016, if it makes any sense to the people that never been there before. It is very well structured.



The canopy we set up for shade blew away and got destroyed on the second day (windy). We had a canopy before we left for Center Camp and when we got back it was gone. We got it back and it was all bent and broken. Well, I made sure we still got shade and did what I could with the broken canopy structure, the car, rope and some fabric I brought with that was intended to be hooked up to the canopy anyways. Yes......shade! The tent got dusted in until I figured out what had to be done to keep the worst of the dust at bay (tarps).
I will be even better prepared next time, you live and learn. Luckily we had a neighbor that borrowed us some rebar. She was prepared for Armageddon.
We had some interesting neighbors out on L. Helpful and fun. And our canopy was not the only one that blew away. Of course having an RV is much more convenient and comfortable but Burning Man is absolutely doable in a tent. I kind of like tenting at Burning Man, it's cozy. Plus if you have done Burning Man in a tent you have really experienced Burning Man.
One afternoon me, my brother and our neighbor Herman sat around camp and came up with a theory that Burners are the chosen ones. That Burning Man is a preparation for the end of times and if you go to Burning Man and make it, especially after a whole week in a tent, you are (although you don't know it yet) part of a bigger plan that is preparing you for the end of times. I should add here, if you spend at least a week at Burning Man in a tent and STILL want to come back and do it all again next year......then you are chosen. Because I am sure that there are some people (like girls that are scared of dust, being uncomfortable and are just annoying and whiny in general) go once and never want to come back. Not that I am sure if I would like to be fighting for my survival in some end of the times scenario.....
During the day I look like this. I don't want any sun or dust on my face and hair (especially sun). I can't stand the sun burning my face. My hair turns into a dusty ropey looking mass by the end of day 2 usually. I just give up on my hair when I am at Burning Man.



Biking around the Playa. Back and forth......back and forth.....



This year was not as cold as last year. I was only cold the last night this year and I wore a jacket and a hoodie. Brrrrr! The year before I was FREEZING more than once. There were some windy moments this year and complete whiteouts but that is how it is out there. I like it. It's Burning Man.

Playa Art 2016

The art scattered all over the Playa this year......I saw perhaps half? I was lazier this year than the previous years I have to admit. I did not see and photograph all the art I wanted to because I was actually physically tired......from all the biking back and forth that I did. It takes a toll on you to bike long distances in heat, wind and dust. But I did see some and here it is......Playa art 2016.
I love the colorful man just sitting there, he fits right in.





Yes, a real B747. It had the overhead bins and the seats in it still.













The Temple 2016

Here is the temple at Burning Man 2016 before it burned down Sunday night. It is always very emotional to visit the temple, I always cry. And I think about life and death and everybody in my life. Ugh......even writing about it makes me feel anxiety and tears are welling up. I do not attend temple burn. I have in the past and decided that visiting the temple is enough for me, I can't take that sadness.
The temple, as always, was beautiful.





I love this teddy bear. ❤



Other stuff that I took pics of inside the temple......













God rays (crepuscular rays).



I am so grateful that I have experienced Burning Man four times (in a row) now.
I hope that I get to go again and again and again. But you never know. Life can change a lot. The first year I went I remember when I came across the Talk To God phone booth. I lifted the receiver and there was a voice on the other line. It was God! :-) And all I said was "Thank You for everything God". And I choked up. I was SO happy and SO grateful right then and there. I will always remember that moment.
I miss the Playa. I miss Burning Man.

And here is an interesting article about the temple 2016 Burning Man. Read it.

http://www.rgj.com/story/life/arts/burning-man/2016/07/15/why-years-burning-man-temple-has-no-name/87088796/

reFoAMation

I absolutely LOVE this camp at Burning Man - reFOAMation. I think it used to be called Dr. Bronner's a few years ago when I went for the first time but this year it was reFOAMation. So you wait in line and while waiting you get educated in vegan/vegetarianism versus eating meat - it is GREAT. The meat eaters get stuffed into a cage where they get to suffer in the hot sun, while us vegans and vegetarians get to go ahead in line. The meat eaters are ordered to make animal sounds and roll around in the dust (outside the cage) and "fry like bacon". They also talk about psychedelics and the push/want to decriminalize. The messages are great, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Burning Man, you can learn so much and start seeing the world from a viewpoint you never thought much of before.
So.....when you finally get inside (the line can be loooooong depending on when you arrive) you are asked to take your clothes off. There is a tree in the middle called The Tree Of Life and a dj that plays loud music, a lot of naked people dancing. You can be naked if you want, I think 97% of the people are but I had on my bikini (I'm shy..... ;-) ). Nobody is acting inappropriate or weird, it is AMAZING. The reFOAMation crew are super happy, constantly smiling and dancing and they seem like they genuinely love being there. Then you go inside a boxy looking stall, you get really close together and get sprayed down with foam......you rub it in and then you get hosed down with water. This is a GREAT way to keep clean at Burning Man and a really fun and amazing experience. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it! I go twice in a row so I really feel clean. And I went two days in a row.







regenetarian.com

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❤ I LOVE BURNING MAN! ❤

Orange

This year the Man was orange, I like that. I am on a color orange obsession at the moment......so I was happy when I caught my first glimpse of a glowing orange Burning Man.
The theme this year was Da Vinci's Workshop, so around the Man you could go and interact and read about stuff pertaining to that time and learn about things.
You can learn A LOT by attending Burning Man, if you think it is a place where all people do is roll around naked in dust and dirt, rub genitals with drunk and on drugs strangers you are wrong. For some it might be but that is not my Burning Man experience at least. It is up to you to make your experience what you want it to be. Burning Man is actually quite civilized, much more so than "the real world" I find.
Anyhow.....here are some pics of the orange Burning Man 2016.











Saturday night is Burn Night. That is when the Man goes up in flames.....
People gather in a circle, watch and wait.





Once the Man burns down you can walk up to the place where he/it (is it a he/she or it?) once stood. It is smoldering hot but some people get naked and run through the ashes or do yoga. It sure is a scene! I am thinking about stripping down to my undies and run a few laps in the heat myself next year, it looks like a lot of fun.