Burning Man 1998: People

    Burning Man 1998: People

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    Burning Man 1998: People

    This year Black Rock City is four times the area it was last year; two times as wide, two times as long. It’s no longer possible to walk around the entire camp. Wheeled vehicles – preferably garage sale bicycles – have become a necessity.

    I mean, it’s not that walking isn’t terribly cool, but it’s such a commitment to be underway for a long time, should your destination be outside your immediate neighborhood.

    We didn’t repeat the mistake of having Rave Camp far away from the main encampment (a misadventure of 1997), but we did have around-the-clock dance fests.

    One of the lamplighter corps puts up the lanterns as the evening becons.

    I can’t remember the camp name, but I came across a couple making a body cast. A nice way to stay cool on a very hot day.

    I return to center camp. Near Ranger HQ (once again) last-minute plans for a wedding ensue. I never did hear about what the negotiations were.

    Burning Man founder Larry Harvey – standing on scaffolding erected at the Center Camp Café – gives his annual talk to the masses.

    Lastly, I would like to make mention about the meanings the phrase “walking tall” takes on while at Burning Man. The playa dust is a fine mixture of ancient lake bed particulate. When rehydrated, it becomes a sticky, solid mess of goo. Wherever the rubber meets the road – as the saying goes – a layer of very heavy muck is quickly added, making bicycling almost impossible and walking a real adventure. When it dries this slime becomes rock-solid; even with a hammer and screwdriver it took me weeks to remove the mud from the wheelwells of my VW Fox (in 1997, if memory serves).

    We had a small squall, and now you can see the build-up on my sandals. I’m walking tall.

    Next, a few very tame pictures of the

    goings-on.

    PLAYA DUST WEB RING

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