Coyote, one of the mainstays of the DPW team, and the guy who does survey to fix the placement of the man and the streets and the camps, has twin boys who are three years old. Of course, the boys go where mommy and daddy go, so that means they go to the desert for Burning Man. But the couple has a little help this year in the person of Nora, their nanny. Nora's days are normally very full, caring for and entertaining the children, but she got a little time off Friday night. "I saw her riding around and it looked like she was having a good time," Coyote said. There was a spectacular desert sunset last night, plus a full moon. It made everyone very happy to be spending their first night on the playa instead of in Gerlach. Coyote said Nora was a taken by the whole experience. "She said, 'I'm feeling all emotional! I'm happy and sad and sentimental and thoughtful, all at the same time!" "Yep," said Coyote. "That's the playa."
Here's another sign that things are beginning to come together out here. Some of the artwork is already rolling into the desert. It's odd to see the pieces without crowds around them. It's not bad, of course, but it somehow feels incomplete.
Center Camp is coming along just fine. The main posts are up, the ring posts are up, and a lot of the rigging is in place, too. Next will come the tarps that provide the lovely shade from the blinding sun.
So, you know there's going to be a long line to get into the city, right? Especially for the newcomers, it helps to be in the right frame of mind for the experience. Yes, you'll just have driven hours and hours to get here, but your journey will not be complete until you turn off into the road and join the long line of cars and trailers waiting to get into the event site. This is not a quick process. It's more than likely that you'll be waiting for hours to get in, inching along the miles of desert lined with flags as you slowly approach the main gates. First come the gates, where they will check your tickets, and then come the greeters, who will welcome you "home." It'll all take awhile, so relax and enjoy. No matter what the conditions, even if there's a dust storm blowing, you're likely to meet a lot of nice new people on the way in. So have a good time with it. Burning Man really starts in line.