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 really weren’t sure that everything would fit, but it did. We got rolling around 5:30 pm. The drive to Reno was truly wonderful — excellent conversation, playing a round of the Radical Acts game (pretty neat actually) and seeing LOTS of Burners also making the journey. Our hosts here in Reno stayed up to greet us and make us feel right at home. Tomorrow church in Reno, one more short shopping trip and then we depart for Black Rock City, shooting to arrive at sunrise.
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 did a test-run of the foot-washing operation that we’re planning to do at Burning Man at the recent Northern California Church Alive Summit in Sacramento. It was a definite success. One surprising thing was how strongly attracted to this a couple of the children were — they really gravitated towards it, and were fearless about asking people to come and let them wash their feet. Precious!
“…the year I made it (the year before the reading room), the theme was Evolution. I thought “hey I have been part of this for years, I should feel this is a place that encompasses the ideas I cherish too”, so I made the shirt, it was a healing experience for me.” — Susanna