Family Trip to Burning Man travel blog

Picture from the "igloo" car cover. They were all typical Alaskan scenes...

The "wedding sled" from DeEtta and Chad's civil ceremony on Flat-Top Mountain.

Time to put away the city clothes, and bring out the finest...

John's easing his way back in, after a 10-year hiatus.

DeEtta's cute bike.

Chad and DeEtta strapped little coolers on their bikes.

I've got my goggles; I'm ready for anything!

Here ya go, Deanna...photographic proof that you were really there. ;)

Darin's bike is packed and we're ready for an afternoon of sightseeing.

My bike in the middle of nowhere...

Cute art car.

Derek and Lindsay are ready to see the sights.

The Disco Beetle belonged to Owen, one of our Dallas burner friends.

The giant metal heart, which we will visit a few nights later.

This lady was very impressive!

This structure lit up at night like a giant Rubik's Cube.

This was Root Society, a loud dance camp whose bass shook up...

The Man as seen from our side of the city.

And way at the other end of the city was a balloon...

Our first glimpse of the Temple. Many of our friends have already...

As you can see, folks are still hard at work on it.

"The Slide" that left many a mark on our friends. Apparently Astroturf...

The sun sets on the beautiful Temple.

The very edge of the city, where the Temple is at 12:00...

At night, the Man is lit in neon.

The Temple at night.

Detail of the panels on the Temple.

After dinner, we get into our nighttime gear and hop on our...

Tooling around in a canoe....why not?

Our first two days was spent riding our bikes around and getting to know the lay of the land.

Actually, I think these pictures may be from Monday. On Tuesday I spent the day at an 8-hour training to volunteer for the Rangers. Rangers basically walk around with radios and keep an eye on things. If anyone gets hurt, we can call for medics, and we are also trained to mediate disputes. We are not cops, or anyone's mommy, but people know to come to us if they have a problem. Anything serious (like assault) is kicked up to the "real" cops, but we deal with the smaller stuff so the cops don't have to.

I enjoyed the training, even though it was way too long. When I do trainings for Rangers in Texas, mine last 4 hours, tops. But I'm also not training 40 people at once. I have to keep reminding myself this isn't Flipside or Myschievia, and they do a lot of things differently in Black Rock City simply due to the sheer number of participants involved.

Burning Man= 50,000

Burning Flipside= 2,500

Myschievia= 250

That's why I've felt like I needed this experience. I've worked regional burns for 5 years, but never the "big" burn. I learned it's actually not that hard. Teaching special ed has already prepared me for dealing with just about anything and anybody. :)

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