August 12th, 2011  |  Filed under Building BRC


August 12th, 2011  |  Filed under Building BRC

A plant? In the middle of the desert? This shouldn't be happening here. ... And yet here it is. As a pal said, "What a freaky mutant misfit! ... On second thought, sounds like it is exactly in the right place." Right, Steph, this wacky beautiful hard-ass fits right in.

Hi, how’s you’re week  going? It’s been going fine out here, thanks! We’re making tons of progress getting things ready for you. Here’s a little collection of this and that, pics that fell through the cracks. … And hey, keep those cards and letters coming! BRC is kind of a lonely outpost right now, and when there’s an announcement at the morning meeting that “you’ve got mail!’ — the real kind, the kind you can touch and feel — well, it’s a pretty good thing. So make the people you’re missing feel good; send them a note or a lollipop or whatever. It’ll make their day.

Ok, here we go!

It all began with the fence, and it began before the sun came up.

Nine miles of tying, done in a day

Rolls of trash fence were dropped off around the playa.

Stakes waiting to be pounded into the playa stretched into the horizon.

Point One on the pentagram that makes up the perimeter of Black Rock City.

Pound pound pound in the morning light.

Braids and ropes. A look that works.


Kickin' out the jams (and the fence) across the desert floor.

One of the great things about Burning Man is getting here. It's the journey, not the destination, right? So even though you're going to be mad with anticipation to get here, take a little time to enjoy the view along the way. And oh! Don't forget! Especially if you're coming for the first time: Obey the speed limits! There are going to be places where it drops to 25 mph, and it's going to feel impossibly slow, but there will be police all over, just waiting to nab you. So relax, slow down, and enjoy!

You'll get the sense that you've entered a very different kind of place very soon after leaving I-80 past Reno.

Pyramid Lake is going to look very appealing on the way in, but resist the urge to pull over and jump in. It's off-limits.

There are rocks rocks and more rocks on the drive, textures and shades and colors that you don't see many places, at least on this planet.

This is Black Rock Saloon in Gerlach, a private club where the work crews hung out when they were still housed in town. But most everyone's on the playa now, so the clubhouse will stay shuttered for awhile.

Nico heads the Center Camp crew. He says, "If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." Exactly. Remember that advice when you're trying to get your camp squared away in the blowing dust.

Clody's new to the Center Camp crew this year. A little later, she'll move over to the Decor team, where she's been volunteering for years.

One of the first things the Center Camp crews does is set up some shade. (Not long after comes the killer sound system.)

These are the "king" posts being lined up in Center Camp. They'll hold up the giant tent where you'll be able to get some relief from the heat and perhaps enjoy a refreshing beverage.

Center Camp is starting to take shape.

Austin's making sure the holes are deep enough to keep the tent supports from blowing in the wind.

Burning Man is a striding man this year. The scale model that the Man Base crew is using a guide shows the Man's new look this year.

Another striding man. You'll be casting long shadows in the desert light too, and very soon now.

Joe the Builder, waiting for the trucks to arrive in BRC.


8 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. ShamansJourney Says:

    I am enjoying your daily stories and photos. I look forward to meeting you on the playa and tipping a tall one with you for great work. Thanks!

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  2. Extra Bonus Says:

    Thanks for the beautiful pictures! Is there s\an address where we can send mail to the early crew?

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  3. Playarazzi Says:

    Love your photography and blog stories, I look forward to seeing you at the ‘Mecca.

    Were those Nifer’s long red dreads in the picture above (day of putting up trash fence)?

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  4. Kate/HoneyBee Says:

    Three cheers to the amazing crew that builds our Great City each year! The words and pictures are a salve to a soul in need of Playa dust and Big Things.

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  5. DustyHugs Says:

    My heart is already there… <3

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  6. glenda Says:

    beautiful landscape pics!
    loved the joe-the-builder one too……

    Thank you for posting all of them!


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  7. A Says:

    Love the plant! I saw a sparrow and a couple wasps around J and 8:00 last year.

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  8. Homiesinheaven Says:

    holy shit, a plant! someone should turn that into an art piece. build an alter around it or somehow take care of it so no one kills it and it’s still there after everyone leaves. it’s a native survivor!

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