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.
Yesterday we setup our 30′ Playa Dome for the first time. We selected the Berkeley Marina again, since it’s a nice windy place, and we wanted to see what that would be like. It took 4 of us (Grant, Julian, Drea, and Gabriel) about an hour and a half to get it fully assembled. We broke 4 of the supports (they supply extras thankfully) and we’ll replenish those before we take the dome to Burning Man. One key learning was to use the outer connector pieces for the circular support level instead of inner — the circumference was too tight to get the final piece in. We’ll be at Burning Man in 1 week!!!
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! 🙂
We did final construction / assembly for the central 6’x6′ x 12′ tall column for our shade structure today.
We were given 2 blown-up sailing spinnakers (from Bodacious+ and Sea Star) to use in our camp at Burning Man. Today we washed them and opened them up. We’re hoping to use them for shade, but since they’re already damaged, we’ll have to see how that works. 🙂
We’ve been researching options for shelter at Burning Man and want to create an inviting, protected space where we can share Christian Science with other Burners. We decided tonight on a 30′ geodesic dome from Shelter Systems (a local company) which should give us good room for sharing and growing in the next couple of years.