We had a great work party last weekend with participants coming by the Berkeley CSO on both Saturday and Sunday. Our packing and organization is much better this year. A big THANK YOU of gratitude to all who have helped us get to Burning Man this year.
Here are some pictures of our recent preparations as we get ready to leave:
Berkeley CSO “Before” picture
Berkeley CSO “Before” picture
Testing one of the tents
Yep, we have all the pieces!
Materials for our camp – shade structure supports, tent poles
Yes, we have ze zip ties… and also ze books!
Sorting, organizing, packing
Staging our camp stuff
30′ dome tent poles
Buying bits for bike racks for camp
Delivering water barrels and bike
Amanda is happy to be joining this year!
Foot washing supplies
More gear arrives
Lots of foot washing tubs
And books to gift…
Bike rack parts
Cutting bike rack end pieces
Water drop shape
3 new water barrels (recycled)
3 more Burner bikes for our out of town participants
We’ve been scrambling to finish last-minute planning, building, preparation and logistics for our trip out the Nevada desert. We leave tomorrow for Reno, where some families from First Church of Christ, Scientist Reno will be hosting us Saturday night. We’re planning on attending church on Sunday, answering questions and doing final shopping & prep, then leaving for the playa early Sunday morning, probably around 4am so we can arrive at sunrise. THANK YOU to everyone who has been supporting our efforts, and we are welcoming online donations to help cover costs if you’re so inclined. Our Prayer Watch calendar is filling up for the week, feel free to add your name and sign up for a slot.
We took our central shade column and spinnaker to the Berkeley Marina to test how it would all come together and hold up in the face of wind. We discovered that it was probably not going to work to use it. Being designed to catch wind, it was hard to stabilize, and was very loud and noisy, not the environment we’re looking to create. We may still install it on the playa as an art project though! 🙂
Our initial attempts to cut the metal lath material we’re using for increasing surface area on our evapotron were not pretty — dull tin snips were not the right tool for that job. Thankfully we were able to consult with Gabriel’s brother-in-law Mike, who runs a pre-fabrication shop in San Francisco, and he knew exactly what would be best to cut the material. He also offered to make the cuts, which was a definite blessing.
Last night Julian, Grant, Gabriel and Amanda met at the Berkeley CSO to get some good work done on our camp preparations. We worked on our shower structure (aka the “Tower of Shower”) and an evapotron of our own design (to help evaporate used water at the camp). We also got our 30′ dome actually ordered so it should be on its way soon! It was a lot of fun and we’re really looking forward to the next 2 weeks of preparation before we drive out to the playa. As always, we welcome your thoughts, prayers and good intentions!