Surprise in deep playa

One of the things I LOVE about Burning Man is that the unexpected happens.

Of course, that can be a double edged sword when your RV breaks down in Gerlach a mere 10 miles from the event.

Or, it can work in your favor when you’re gifting chapstick and come upon a group of people in desperate need of chapstick.


While I was venturing out to the trash fence in deep playa with my friend and her kid, we noticed a bunch of lights off in the distance.

And since we are a curious bunch, we decided to go there to see what it was about.

And we stumbled on an OASIS!

A guy in a fuzzy yellow wig had built himself a little BICYCLE BAR.

That’s right.

He had a bar around his bike and he pedaled out into deep playa, set up speakers, played some wonderful tunes – and sure enough – people flocked to him.

He was serving chilled beer or a tiki drink made with pineapple juice.

Oh, so delicious!

Isn’t it lovely?!

You can be just exploring a new area, expecting absolutely nothing to come of it, when all of a sudden something lovely drops into your lap!

So here’s to the Dusty Pineapple bicycle bar in deep playa.

I salute you in all my pineapple finery!

May the sun always shine on you and your endeavors!

Shameful Admission

I have something to admit about Burning Man that makes me feel ashamed.

I was so busy having fun with friends, new and old, and taking care of myself in the elements, that I COMPLETELY FORGOT TO CHECK OUT THE ART!


I went to Burning Man and saw hardly any art.

Oh sure, I biked the playa and saw the Temple and the Man.

But everything else?

It’s a big blank.

I watched a few burns and navigated my way home via the big enormous JELLYFISH art piece, but I skipped the deep playa art tour that would’ve taken me to the far reaches of the playa to the trash fence to see the INCREDIBLE art out there.

And now, seeing all the AMAZING pictures coming out of Burning Man in my Facebook stream, I have REGRETS.


I should have flirted less and explored more.

I should have gotten on my bike and checked out some of the art near and far.

I should have spent less time in camp and more time around Center Camp.


These are the regrets I have.

Of course, they say that you get the burn you need, not the burn you want so if that’s the case then I got exactly what I needed. . .

. . .in which case, a whole lot of self-care, day napping, and evening adventures were EXACTLY what I needed.

Not sure why I’m complaining?