5 Days to Burning Man
Just a thought from 20 August 2003 about .


My first Burning Man was 1996. I had no idea what I was getting into. But I stuffed a girlfriend (who did not want to go) and a friend (who did) into a car, bought some water and a stove, and drove off into the desert. We camped with friends in the Spiral Oasis. We witnessed guns and explosions and art and a wedding. We saw the man burn.

It's difficult to explain what that First Time is like to someone who's never been, but everyone who has understands. Have you ever taken a trip that lasted long enough, and was dramatically different enough, that you completely forgot where you came from? It's like that. Except Burning Man isn't the trip. The rest of your life is the trip. Burning Man is coming home.

This section is called Just a Thought. It's a blog where I post little pieces of what I'm thinking about at the moment. This page is an individual entry called “5 Days to Burning Man” that I wrote on 20 August 2003.

Before this, I wrote a little something called “6 Days to Burning Man” on 19 August 2003. After this, I wrote “4 Days to Burning Man” on 21 August 2003.

6 Days to Burning Man
The sun sets over Vogon 2002. I submitted this photo and more to the official image archive at burningman.com....
19 August 2003

4 Days to Burning Man
A flashback to Burning Man 1997. It was my second time there, and the year of the first Fray...
21 August 2003

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Working the web since 1995, Derek Powazek is the creator of many award-winning websites, a couple of which still exist. Derek is the cofounder of JPG Magazine and the CCO of 8020 Publishing. Derek lives in San Francisco with his wife, two nutty Chihuahuas, a grumpy cat, and a house full of plants named Fred. More »

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