Burning Man Centre Camp
Denise and Zola show how to exist in reasonable comfort at the Burn.
An RV (mobile home) is the ideal way to survive the Black Rock City Burn as there are no hotels, shops, or supplies of any kind, other than three things on sale: coffee, ice and lemonade. Thus everything needed for up to eight days - particularly food and water - needs to be carried in, and all garbage has to be carried away. Furthermore, periodic alkali dust storms make life fairly difficult so more affluent, less hardy individuals can retreat to their secure environments at these times. However, since there are no water hookups, power connections or sewage dumps for RVs, care must still be taken over facilities. e.g. RV bathrooms are rarely used.
The nearest places to fly into and rent an RV are Reno, Nevada or Tahoe, California. San Francisco is not too far, but Los Angeles is a two day drive.
Psyche city curved around the Playa, with various activity tents occupying the Esplanade area.
The topography of huge and complex Black Rock City (Psyche in 2005 had around 40,000 inhabitants), changes rapidly, and has few major permanent markers so it's important to remember one's address - as in Delirium at 10:30 - rather than 'down the street with the yellow geodesic domes, next to the 30 ft neon penis and in line with the Man' (because the next thing you know is it's 2.am, you have a head full of dust, the domes have been moved to a new location, the penis has blown a fuse and everything is in line with the Man. Now where was I....)
Bicycles, wacky clothes and interesting boots are an essential part of the Burn. This is the bike park outside Centre Camp, hub of the Black Rock universe.
The City and Playa areas are huge - perhaps 10 sq. miles, so to be able to visit varied activities and art locations quickly and efficiently, and carry plenty of water (Piss Clear is one of BM's slogans, in other words don't let yourself dehydrate), two wheels good. Two pink wheels wrapped in fluorescent EL wire even better.
Centre Camp tent is the main hub of Black Rock City, while the Man in the Playa is the second.
Centre Camp provided coffee, lemonade, live music, various alternative lessons, therapeutic treatments and a chance to socialise with other Burners. Only the first two cost money - which went to local charities. The Burn is a 'gift' economy.
Centre Camp, with free condoms and cookies available on this occasion.
A kilted Ranger comforts a distraught girl in Centre Camp.
While the local sherriff discreetly polices Black Rock City, essential social control and assistance is provided by voluntary but experienced Psychic Space Rangers.
Exhibit A: a giant whang perpetrates an unprovoked assault on SS Fatimama's extra-terrestrial psychology officer in Centre Camp.
Where are the Space Rangers when you really need them? Still girding up their kilts, no doubt.