Here is a very informative read as we are getting ready to hit the road (in exactly 2 weeks from now!). Lots of excellent tips, especially if you bring a trailer, but worth reading for all:

I am not trying to scare you, but nearly every year, I have seen dangerous situation on the way to and back.

-3 years ago on the way to the playa, a deadly frontal collision happened just between us and our friends just few minutes ahead of us on highway 58 in Oregon. The road was blocked for 8 hours. We ended up having to take a 4h detour.

-Last year on the way back next to Cedarville: Someone just fell asleep in front of me and went out of the road. Luckyly, having one wheel in the ditch must have awaken the driver, just on time to steer back on the road in a big cloud of dust. He did not even stop for a break, the adrenaline rush must have been strong enough! Another one, same night, had a trailer swinging so dangerously, that I thought he would fly of the road at some point.

-Last year on the way to, in Oregon, highway 97: One of us got stopped and warned for not letting enough space between them and the vehicle in the front. Good reminder.

-Nearly every year: people are loosing stuffs from their cargo, breaking down in the middle of nowhere.

For those coming from the NW: Be extra careful when driving on the NV-447 (between Cedarville and Gerlach): There is a high chance of coming across rancher with cattle. And road sides are extremely soft and deep. Stay on the road and wear big boots if you take a pee stop :-)

And if you start seeing “things” on the road, it’s really beyond time to take a big nap or let someone else drive :-)

Last thing:gas is about 20c cheaper in Oregon and Washington than California, so don’t forget refill at Klamath Falls on the way to. With RV and trailers, the difference is significant.

Have a very safe drive and see you all the playa very soon!

Some friendly neighbors that we should meet (7:30 esplanade):

Tuesday morning (10am) is Mardi Gras!

Beautiful stuffs. Great designs.

Would make nice additions for your outfits.

It’s all there:

Note that Wednesday night is “White party”, so get your white outfits ready! Infected Mushroom will be playing at 1:30am.

I have not found anything yet for Nexus or Root Society. Post if you do.


2004 temple was probably my favorite so far. Until this year maybe.

Follow the link for more details:

A video of the scale model is at:


I found the coolest place for clothing at Alkai Beach.  The name of the place is Peppers and the owner is Pepper, a very hot brunette.  I bought some really cool shit there yesterday.  The address is 2530 Alkai Ave.  Its a small shop near Dukes on Alkai Beach.  Used clothing that has been “altered” with fur, sequins, patches and weird stuff.  Retro stuff, glittery stuff and highly cool stuff, shoes, hats, boas, dresses, gowns, ties, fur, you name it.  Go there and buy more stuff.  Especially you cw!

We got the news from the Placement team on Bastille Day: We are getting 100′ x 100′ spot with a frontage on the Funeral arc and close to the 9:00 street!!! This is excellent news and made us ecstatic, as this is basically our main preference on everything.

This is based on the 2011 playa map, that can be found there:

I’ll update the detailed map of our camp with the adjusted size and updated info.

We have a bit more than a month to finish all the preparations. Let switch to high gear now!

Much discussion on the topic at this blog for RV’ers.  From what I can tell, theres not much difference in fuel ecomony but the RV will probably handle better with 500 less pounds of water weight.  Do we want to wait in line to get potable water in Gerlach?  Could we send an RV or car into town mid week to fill up water containers if we start to run low?  Should we filter our pee?

for the birgins, make sure you have el wire, glowing jewelry or other lights on you for nightime adventures.  art cars drive around all over the place and the drivers are not necessarily focused on driving.   Out on the playa there are no roads.   Its like a lake full of big boats, little boats, jet skis, inner tubes and little duckies.  People get run over.  Bones get broken and for your convienence, there is also a morgue for the less fortunate ones.  Get Lit my friends!  Also, bikes are fun at night but make sure you have a headlight, a tail light and a bunch of el wire.    Also, have a basket, bag or a really nice rack (not boobies) for your bike for carrying stuff around.

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