Mon, 07 Mar 2005
Playa del Fuego 2003
Yeah, I haven't even finished with my entry for Burning Man this year, but this PDF entry should be a bit shorter, so my lazy butt is doing it first.
This PDF was a bit different from previous ones, both in general and for me specifically. A lot of the planning for it happened at close to the last minute, but everything did manage to come together in time for the event. I also left my planning to the last minute, but I'm familiar enough with my camping gear that I can toss everything together pretty quickly.
I was only there from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon; I worked on Friday and Monday. While I had arranged for a ride to PDF, I hadn't found one back on Sunday, a situation I will not allow again. It was simply too stressful looking for a ride on Sunday afternoon with the prospect of possibly having to call in to work and say I couldn't make it in on Monday.
Aside from that, the weekend was beautiful. This was a much more mellow burn than even previous Fall burns. At other times, I've had the feeling of a very active burn--go and do stuff and experience things. At this one, people set up their camps and proceeded to just hang out. I had a moment late Sunday morning where I just looked around the site and was nearly overwhelmed by how beautiful everything was. I felt forced to lay down and rest, for fear that I might explode with happiness.
I didn't really do a whole lot over the weekend. I hung out at the Gold Bar, a pastime I can easily recommend to others. I rangered a bit. I hung out at Primal Phred. I watched the main burn. I hung out in the pavilion. I had a great weekend with my friends.
And I made Jill very happy by finally consenting to a body shot. Yes, Jill has drunk a mudslide from my navel. She seems, oh, slightly pleased about it.
I'm very happy to have gone, even if for but a scant twenty-four hours.