It was a fun weekend at our house. In between Artown activities we got serious about our lists for Burning Man: food, clothing, shelter, transportation, what to bring to share, etc. The food list was not too perplexing as we have done quite a bit of wilderness camping, spending anywhere from a week to 10 days in the Boundary Waters Area in Minnesota. Shelter was straightforward as we will be lodging in Homer, our Odyssey motorhome. (Though we did put exterior painters tape on our purchase list because there will be spaces to seal up against the inevitable playa dust.) Additionally, I ordered a new sleeping bag as our last ones were donated when we moved from Virginia. And Bob did his Amazon thing and ordered firefly lights for the canopy.
Transportation was next, and we both agreed that taking our around town bikes out into the desert was not a good idea so Bob jumped on Craig’s list and found us some wheels. Ironically, these bikes have already been to Burning Man (contrary to us newbies) and even came with lights.
As many of you many know, there are 10 Principles of Burning Man. Burning Man Principles
One of them is Gifting: “Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.” I am collecting a satchel of goodies to bring along. I also have an art project (of sorts) planned and there may be some gifting related to this as well. More on all of that later in another post.