Flashback Friday: Burning Man 2010

A year ago (and 2 months before I started this blog), the hubs and I flew out to Nevada to go to Burning Man. Burning Man is a 7-day, no-commerce, festival in the desert that happens every year. The festival is so huge that when it happens, it becomes the third largest city in Nevada. Here’s an aerial view of what it looks like:

It’s hard to describe Burning Man to someone who hasn’t been there, but basically it’s a festival put on by the people who attend it. There’s nothing to purchase (except ice and coffee) and you have to bring everything you need to survive (clothes, food, water, shelter) for the time you’re there.

We flew out to Reno to meet up with our friends, Don and Morgan. From Reno, we drove an hour and a half to the Burning Man site where hubs and I rented a small trailer for the week and Morgan and Don brought their “snailer.”

Each year Burning Man has a theme (ours was “Metropolis”).

And you get a booklet of all the one-time and recurring events happening around the city.

The events are anything and everything – wine tastings, dance parties, craft making, Sharpie tattoo contests, kissing booths, BBQs, drum circles, movie nights, trivia, dildo fencing, yoga. Pretty much anything you can think of.  And there was so much going on at one time, there is no way you could do it all.  There was even a Burning Man 5k. 🙂

The Man is part of a large structure that gets burned on the last night.

So basically, the entire week we spent riding our bikes around (no vehicles are allowed unless they are approved “art” vehicles) looking at amazing artwork, going to random dance parties, doing all sorts of activities, dressing up in costumes, and kicking back with good food, beer, and friends.

So here are some of the pictures from the week we were out there. 🙂

This was the coolest piece of artwork by far. It was huge and made out of all mesh (if I remember correctly) and she lit up different colors at night.

It was fun riding around on our bikes because we would find some of the coolest things. There’s no way you could ever see all of Burning Man if you tried, it’s so huge. But I think we saw a good portion of it.

We found this monochomatic cross-walk of mannequins that was pretty cool and creepy at the same time.

Their faces were speakers.

We found an Oink in the middle of nowhere. That’s hubs standing in the O.

We also found a really tall typewriter desk in the middle of nowhere. Oh, and I bought my CamelBak solely for Burning Man and now I run with that baby all the time. Best.purchase.ever.

The Pink Mammoth was one of the dance party areas. In the evening, this place was packed with people dressed in pink and dancing to techno.

We found this little mini-city. You can walk in and out of those “buildings.”

A tower you could climb up.

Here are some of my favorite vehicles riding around the city. This guy did not want to stop for a picture. But we begged.

I have an insane love for guinea pigs. The guy that created this vehicle let me sit in it and he told me about his guinea pig love too. We had a bond.

A lot of the vehicles let you get on and ride around in them, which was fun.

We found a girl making margaritas with a blender by riding a bike. That’s one way to stay thin and drunk at the same time.

We also found a hug booth! Morgan ordered the “long uncomfortable hug.” Then we all ordered the “group hug.”

Then hubs found a new friend.

We participated in the Million Bunny March. There were picketers.

Look at all the bunnies!

Pants would be so proud.

Since the theme was Metropolis, there was an attempt to break the Guinness Record for the most Supermans in one area. Of course, hubs had to get in on that action.

They broke the record. But it was broken again a couple days later. Apparently there’s a big market for mass Supermans.

We always had to have dust masks with us because of flash dust storms. Check out all the dust in the air. Dust tornados!

We saw some really pretty sunsets and then Morgan and Don posed in front of them.

At night The Man lit up.

You’re able to walk up to the top of it.

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When we were riding our bikes at night, we needed glow sticks so people could see us coming and flash lights so we didn’t run people over. Also, if it was nighttime and you didn’t have a flashlight – you were screwed if you had to use the port-o-potty. That crap was dark and nasty. Hover skills perfected.

It took us a couple days, but Morgan and I found the ellusive popcorn truck we kept hearing about. (I’m wearing a bikini bottom, not underwear, pervs.) 😉

On the 6th day, there’s a huge celebration before The Man is burned. Morgan and Don do fire Poi and were part of a big group performance beforehand that was really cool. (Morgan is in the back row, second person in.)

After the fire performance, they raise The Man’s arms, have a huge fireworks display (that was better than any display I have ever seen), and then burn him.

Afterwards, everyone gathers around the burning embers and makes s’mores!

On the last day, they burn the temple. The temple is another constructed roof-less building where people write their wishes and dreams on the walls. When the temple is burned, they say that the embers are everyone’s wishes being sent above to be answered.

The temple burning is completely silent and more an introspective thing.

The day after the temple is burned, everyone packs up and leaves.

We had a lot of fun at Burning Man but after day 5, we were ready to go home. So I think if we did it again, we wouldn’t stay the full week. It was definitely an experience like no other and we were really lucky to have Don and Morgan with us. They had been there the year before, so they gave us all sorts of tips on what to bring and expect.

Ok, so there you have it. This post didn’t nearly cover it all. I could have posted for 2 weeks on all the stuff there. But I guess one Flashback Friday will have to do. 🙂

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  1. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups

    This sounds crazily awesome! Love all the random things you saw. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to actually go!

  2. Alecia@tincantreader

    Awesome! I might be adding this to the list.

  3. julie

    Great post. I have always heard of Burning Man and only knew that nothing is for sale and it’s out in the desert. I have to be honest and say that I thought it was really weird but now I have a totally different perspective and think it’s pretty cool.

  4. Pam

    Wow, what a crazy experience! I doubt I’ll ever do something as interesting, so thanks for letting me live vicaruiously through your blog 😉

  5. Holy smokes… I’ve never heard of this before. How crazy and awesome and weird. I can’t convince the hubs to do a mud run so I’m pretty sure I couldn’t convince him to go here either ;(

  6. Mz. Teri

    Looks like a huge hippy-fest. I love it! 🙂

  7. Wow I’ve never heard of Burning Man! My bf lives in Nevada too…Maybe I can talk him into going one year. That definitely looks like an event to add to the bucket list!

  8. This looks so cool!! I’ve never heard of it. It looks like you had a blast.

  9. That just sounds like an INSANE amount of random fun! How many people, do you know?

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  10. I have never heard of this before, but it sounds flippin’ AWESOME! Sounds like one crazy, creative party. Love all the pics:-)

  11. Even more disturbing than the speaker face is the mannequin’s outfit. I had to stare at that for a long time before I figured out what exactly he’s wearing. Actually, I’m still not sure. And why does he have a lei?

    This does look seriously cool. I would go just for the people watching, but I don’t camp. I’m too high maintenance.

  12. What an awesome experience! 🙂

  13. linzlikewhoa

    Omigod. I want to go to there!

    I’ve never heard of this but it sounds fantastic. Totally adding this to my life to do list.

  14. Wow, I wonder whose idea Burning Man was!? How did you find out about it? The Man looked kinda cool with those neon lights – bummer they had to burn him down! 😉

    • True, but then they would have to call it something else like “Light Up Man,” and that’s just not as cool.   Our friends had been to it before, but it’s referrenced all over the place (tv shows, movies). There was even a Malcomn in the Middle where the family went to Burning Man. 🙂    It was started by a couple of guys in 1986 with like, 20 people, and has grown every year since then.

  15. theAlmostRunner

    That sounds like the most fun, and also the scariest, thing ever. I can’t believe how BIG it is.

  16. Oh, I would LOVE to do something like this. This is going on my bucket list!

  17. I’ve never seen anything like this! It looks so fun!*

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  19. Sooo I’ve convince my boyfriend to go. It didnt take much 🙂 I’ve never even been camping so sorry if some of my questions are silly!
    How hot was it there?
    What were your essentials? Anything you recommend bringing?
    Who plans the events?
    Did they have trailers to rent when you got there? Or did you have to rent one in Reno and drive with it the whole way?
    Showering?

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