Burning Man Essentials: Food and Water

Here is an idea of some of the food and supplies you may want to bring with you to Burning Man. Some require a cooler, others require no refrigeration. How simple or how complex your food is is totally up to you. I tend to eat good food on the playa just because I don’t have much of an appetite so eating something really delicious motivates me to keep eating and not skip meals, which is so crucial when consuming a steady stream of alcohol. Not that I do that (wink).

Another list I want to share is Dazzle’s 2012 Packing List (LINK) which is categorized so you can read about whatever topics interest you – kitchen supplies, food, ice, etc.

Bacon.  Best thing on the playa.  Burners love our bacon! To keep your electrolytes balanced.  Just add water.
For those of you choosing a simple meal plan. Delicious and nutritious on the playa.
Almond butter.  Mmmmmm! Trail mix.  Delicious AND portable.
Beef jerky.  Gotta keep a steady influx of salt in your diet. Pickles AND pickle juice!  Yum!
Hard boiled eggs. Very portable and no MOOP because it’s already peeled. Salty nuts.  Delish!
Chili.  Another easy food choice.  Eat straight from the can. Dual hydration chamber.  One for water, one for electrolytes.
Aquatainer for water.  This one is the collapsible kind. Coconut water.  Full of electrolytes and delicious!
Dried apricots.  Yummy! Instant coffee.  You WILL need this.
Mountain House instant meals.  So easy!  And packed full of the salt your body needs. Kind bars.  Portable and tasty!
My stove.  Collapsible and durable.  Has survived several trips to the playa. Single burner stove.  For when you don’t plan to cook much.

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Kayaking the Elkhorn Slough

I finally got to go kayak the Elkhorn Slough, after being rained out twice before in Stormageddon 1 and Stormageddon 2.  You can imagine my unbridled joy to wake up to a bright, sunny, calm day.  Perfect day to kayak.

Of course as a single, I had to get paired up with who ever else needed a partner, and so it was that I got paired up with Michael, a 13 year old boy who was kayaking with his family that day.

The thing about kayaking with a 13 year old boy is that they like to race a lot.  And they like to ram other boats a lot.  And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.  It was a melee until I realized that sitting in the back of the boat gave me control of the steering and so I steered us away from the crowd where he couldn’t race or ram other kayaks.  Success!

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The Elkhorn Slough is is a 7-mile-long tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay.  The Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of the San Francisco Bay and provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.  But really, many people go there to see sea otters, who go to the sanctuary to pup.

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Within 5 minutes of taking off, we got to see up close a mother sea otter with her baby floating by us.  It was a breathtaking experience to see that little ball of fur rolling around on its mother’s belly.  Too cute for words.

Our guide took us aside and told us point blank that we’d just seen the most amazing sight that the Elkhorn Slough has to offer and pretty much everything else wouldn’t be able to measure up.  We continued on anyway.

We got to see lots of wildlife – a raft of sea otters, snowy egrets, sea lions, harbor seals (one popped up right next to our kayak, scaring the daylights out of me), cormorants, and brown pelicans.  Some pics are below.

I had a FANTASTIC time and highly recommend the venture, for those of you thinking about kayaking the Elkhorn Slough.

Burning Man Essentials: Food and Water

Here is an idea of some of the food and supplies you may want to bring with you to Burning Man. Some require a cooler, others require no refrigeration. How simple or how complex your food is is totally up to you. I tend to eat good food on the playa just because I don’t have much of an appetite so eating something really delicious motivates me to keep eating and not skip meals, which is so crucial when consuming a steady stream of alcohol. Not that I do that (wink).

Another list I want to share is Dazzle’s 2012 Packing List (LINK) which is categorized so you can read about whatever topics interest you – kitchen supplies, food, ice, etc.

Bacon.  Best thing on the playa.  Burners love our bacon! To keep your electrolytes balanced.  Just add water.
For those of you choosing a simple meal plan. Delicious and nutritious on the playa.
Almond butter.  Mmmmmm! Trail mix.  Delicious AND portable.
Beef jerky.  Gotta keep a steady influx of salt in your diet. Pickles AND pickle juice!  Yum!
Hard boiled eggs. Very portable and no MOOP because it’s already peeled. Salty nuts.  Delish!
Chili.  Another easy food choice.  Eat straight from the can. Dual hydration chamber.  One for water, one for electrolytes.
Aquatainer for water.  This one is the collapsible kind. Coconut water.  Full of electrolytes and delicious!
Dried apricots.  Yummy! Instant coffee.  You WILL need this.
Mountain House instant meals.  So easy!  And packed full of the salt your body needs. Kind bars.  Portable and tasty!
My stove.  Collapsible and durable.  Has survived several trips to the playa. Single burner stove.  For when you don’t plan to cook much.

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Burning Man Essentials: Food and Water

Here is an idea of some of the food and supplies you may want to bring with you to Burning Man. Some require a cooler, others require no refrigeration. How simple or how complex your food is is totally up to you. I tend to eat good food on the playa just because I don’t have much of an appetite so eating something really delicious motivates me to keep eating and not skip meals, which is so crucial when consuming a steady stream of alcohol. Not that I do that (wink).

Another list I want to share is Dazzle’s 2012 Packing List (LINK) which is categorized so you can read about whatever topics interest you – kitchen supplies, food, ice, etc.

Bacon.  Best thing on the playa.  Burners love our bacon! To keep your electrolytes balanced.  Just add water.
For those of you choosing a simple meal plan. Delicious and nutritious on the playa.
Almond butter.  Mmmmmm! Trail mix.  Delicious AND portable.
Beef jerky.  Gotta keep a steady influx of salt in your diet. Pickles AND pickle juice!  Yum!
Hard boiled eggs. Very portable and no MOOP because it’s already peeled. Salty nuts.  Delish!
Chili.  Another easy food choice.  Eat straight from the can. Dual hydration chamber.  One for water, one for electrolytes.
Aquatainer for water.  This one is the collapsible kind. Coconut water.  Full of electrolytes and delicious!
Dried apricots.  Yummy! Instant coffee.  You WILL need this.
Mountain House instant meals.  So easy!  And packed full of the salt your body needs. Kind bars.  Portable and tasty!
My stove.  Collapsible and durable.  Has survived several trips to the playa. Single burner stove.  For when you don’t plan to cook much.

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Things you forget to bring when fishing

  1. Chapstick.  Thanks to the wind and the sun, I now have chapped lips.
  2.  Hats.  I brought a beanie to keep warm.  Turns out that staying warm was less of a problem than keeping cool.  And what you really need is a hat with a brim to keep the sun out of your eyes.
  3.  Sunglasses.  Fuck, it was HOT and SUNNY out there on the water.  I was anticipating overcast skies and cool temperatures.  Boy, was I wrong.  I think I burned the backs of my eyeballs.
  4.  Anti-anxiety medication.  I was once on a boat that was sinking.  The captain couldn’t get the pump to start and we were taking on water.  So I always stress when I’m on a boat.  This time around, I clenched my jaw so hard that I feel like I’ve given a thousand blow jobs.  That’s how sore my jaw is right now.
  5.  Sunblock.  This one is a no brainer, but as it turns out, it is rather SUNNY out there on the water and if you don’t reapply sunblock you could wind up with a really wonky sunburned face, just like me.
  6.  Coolers/Ice.  For your catch.  Another no brainer but all three of us who drove up from the south bay forgot to bring a cooler for our fish.
  7.  Cough drops.  Because you’ve got that horrible post viral cough that won’t go away and when you’re on a fishing boat, gagging because you’re coughing too hard is interpreted as gagging because you’re about to be seasick.  Very undignified.
  8.  Gloves.  It’s freezing cold in the morning and ALL OF US forgot gloves.  Crazy, I know!
  9.  Beer.  None of us brought beer, which is sort of a requirement for fishing.  Makes the hours of waiting for a nibble more tolerable.  Mental note:  next time, bring beer.
  10. Water.  It’s DEHYDRATING out there on the water.  And I didn’t bring ANY water.  What was I thinking?

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Newbie!

showerCatered camping.

It’s what I call camping with hosts who provide you with meals and such.

I used to go catered camping with a group called the Outdoor Adventure Club. I would pay a fee and they would plan the trip – the activities, the campsite, the kitchen, the meals, the cleanup…

I kid you not, I had steamed clams on one of those trips.

It was great.

While on one of these trips, I decided to take a “shower” in the river running alongside our campsite.

The water was moving so swiftly though that the first thing I did was tie a rope around my waist and anchor it to a nearby tree.

I then proceeded to wade into the river to cleanse myself.

It was glorious, if a little cold.

But the COLDEST shower I ever took was at Burning Man.

It required no rope, just some serious grit and tenacity.

I got up early in the morning and wanted a shower. So I grabbed a container of water to use to wash myself with, and I headed over to the shower.

Never once did it occur to me that the water would be ice cold from near freezing temperatures the night before (it was 32 degrees the night of The Man burn).

So I plopped down on the shower seat, set up my shower, turned on the pump, aimed the water at my body AND PROCEEDED TO GET ALL THE AIR SUCKED OUT OF MY LUNGS IT WAS SO COLD.

Lesson learned: It is best to shower in the afternoons at Burning Man using water that’s been left in the sun in a solar shower.

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I Survived My Survival Course, barely

I knew within 5 minutes of arriving at the Boy Scouts Reservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains that my survival course was going to be a challenge.

Because I was cold.

Yes, I came to a survival course unprepared for cold weather in December (shocking, I know)!

I forgot my hat and gloves.

And while I was wearing a waterproof jacket, I had only a long sleeved shirt on under it and thus I found myself shivering pretty good.

It was going to be a long 5 hours, I could just tell.

I used the “luxury” bathroom before trekking to the campsite. This, is the “luxury” loo, fyi.

Our instructor Jack talked to us about the priorities of survival in the wild:

  1. Shelter
  2. Water
  3. Fire
  4. Food

He impressed upon us the importance of creating a native shelter when you’re survival is at hand, so we spent a lot of time checking out a “sample” native shelter he called a debris shelter.

I call it an above ground coffin made from shit you find on the ground.

It was awful. But at least if I’m ever lost in the wilderness, I’ll know how to build one.

I teamed up with several classmates and we built out own native debris shelter.

Ta da!

 

 

Cozy, eh?

Two of my teammates slipped into it.

 

Our next activity was learning how to build a fire with pieces of wood and a shoe string bow aka the bow drill method.

Ugh. Can I even tell you how badly I sucked at this?

I burned a dimple into my wood, but that was about it. No fire.

Good to know I’d freeze to death in the wilderness with no fire to warm me, purify my water, or feed me.

Here are the tools I was given to start a fire.

But first I had to whittle my wood into a spindle.

Lastly, we learned about purifying water with rocks from the fire and we learned about how nutritionally sound bug are – though they may be a bit crunchy going down. Pretty gross, but if you need food, I imagine you’ll eat anything.

I can personally vouch that ants are pretty damn tasty. Taste like peppery caviar.

And thus my day ended, with me huddled around the heater in my car, desperate to warm up and feeling like I knew for certain…

…I would never be warm again.

Like the Greeks and Romans

It used to be that couples would check into a seedy motel to get their groove on.

Clothes in a pile on the floor, bodies in a jumble on the bed, heavy breathing, the whole shebang.

Bath houses lived in the realm of the gay community where gay men could cruise for partners in the relative anonymity of the bath house.

Now, more than ever I hear about heterosexual couples going to bath houses for spa treatments and a little extra something on the side – their partner served sunny side up or down, as they prefer.

I’ve gone to the bath houses a few times.

The first time was with my then-boyfriend Dan to experience a bath house for the first time. I was nervous, but no one looked at me sideways or suggested I was being a pervert for going to the bath house to get laid amongst the steam, sauna, hot tub, and shower in my private retreat.

For this water loving, water sign Scorpio, I was in heaven.

The rest of my visits were much the same – a little bit of relaxing and a whole lot of sex.

Which brings up the question, does anyone go to the bath house to JUST get a spa treatment and relax?

I’m thinking the answer is no.

My friend Eden goes to the bath house to hook up with her boyfriend.

I’ve recently been asked by Matt to go to the bath house in Santa Cruz with him for some “fun”.

And because I’m kinda nerdy, I think back to my Classics courses in high school and college and all the pictures of the elaborate bath houses that the Greeks and Romans built and I wonder…. we’re they doing it too?

Is there nothing new under the sun?

The truth is, I love the bath house. Mostly because I love water. I love being naked in water. And being naked in water in a private location with a partner just happens to turn me on BIG TIME.

So this weekend, when I go to the bath house with Matt, I’m pretty sure I know what’s going to happen.

I’ll bet you do too.

BottleRock, part 3 or How I Spent a Perfect Day in Napa

Oh Sunday, my friends and I went to BottleRock Napa.  We all had a blast drinking, dancing, shopping, and meeting up with friends.

We were all having a good time and being goofy.

We even made a video while we were there…

We saw LL Cool J, Eric Church, and Barenaked Ladies.  They were all awesome.

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Barenaked Ladies in particular was great.  They had such a sense of humor and played with real skill…. I heart Canadians!

When LL Cool J took the stage, we could barely move we were so packed in to the audience near the front.

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Overall, the experience of going to BottleRock was really wonderful.  They had free water stations to keep you hydrated and free sunblock stations to keep you protected from the sun.

br13We all thought that the event was run really well.  We never saw anyone get arrested or start a fight.  The music was phenomenal, the crows was beautiful and the company was THE BEST!  TOTALLY DOING IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!

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Not the brightest bulb

I worked in a beer booth at the annual Boogie on the Bayou street fair. I had a big bottle of lukewarm Snapple iced tea and a small bottle of frozen water, which I drank all the water out of until I was left with nothing but a cylinder of ice, courtesy of the 90 degree heat.

I kept trying to stuff the ice cylinder into my Snapple to chill my Snapple down. No luck. It was just a little too big.

I waited several hours to drink my Snapple, waiting for that damn cylinder to melt enough so could drink it.

Finally, I looked over at my friend Midge and said, “Well good grief! It just won’t fit.”

And Midge looked at me with this incredulous expressiona and said…

“Why don’t you pour them both together into one of the plastic beer cups.”

“Holy sh*t, Midge,” I exclaimed feeling mightily embarassed. “That NEVER OCCURRED TO ME!”

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