Dust 201: My return to Burning Man

Burning Man Tickets & Vehicle Pass – Check!

Flights to Reno – Check!

Hotels in Reno – Check!

Dust bunny buddies – Check & all accounted for!

Anticipation & Enthusiasm – Totally Unchecked 🙂


The manic Main Sale for Burning Man tickets this past Wednesday turned me into a lucky lottery winner when I got the chance to purchase 2 entrance tickets and a vehicle pass to this coveted experience. With 70 000 registered buyers for 30 000 tickets and 10 000 vehicle passes, Burning Man 2016’s main sale wrapped up in just over 30 minutes, leaving many Burners out in the dust.

It was surreal, intense and exhilarating to be online with my Burning Man tribe from Duane’s Whirld and my mini-tribe of TEDxers as we live updated each other on our waiting line progress. When the clock struck noon PST, a little walking man on a progress bar became the guardian to our fates. Watching him inch slowly across the screen with his green progress trail was agonizing. I had my PC, my Macbook Air and my iPhone all entered in the race. All that was missing was the voice of a racetrack crier announcing which “horse” was in the lead. My iPhone crossed the finish line first, with my Mac at half way and my PC at a dismal quarter way there. So content was I to spend $980USD, almost $1400CDN to buy my entrance into Davinci’s Workshop, Burning Man’s theme for 2016.

With tickets in hand, I am proud to say that I took care of my flights and hotels in & out of Reno today, leaving nothing to chance in matters I can control. Last year, I participated in the frenzy of the Man burn on Saturday night and departed the morning after. As a contrast in 2016, I am looking forward to experiencing the solemnness of the Temple burn on Sunday prior to departing with the exodus on Labour Day Monday. It will be a proper close to what I am sure will be an incredible week of exploration and pure amazement, I already can’t wait to go home!

For those who want to embark on this adventure, I invite you to check out the STEP and OMG ticket sales dates to roll the dice for remaining tickets.

If you are a first-timer or just plain curious as to what it’s all about and what it takes to survive 10 days on the “Playa” in BlackRock City, please refer to the amazing prep material provided by the Burning Man Organization.

Last year, the BM Survival Guide was the ultimate reference for me, it prepared me psychologically before I stepped foot onto the Playa. Although, nothing can really adequately prepare you for your first BM experience, it does do a great job despite there really being no words to capture all that is Burning Man. You just have to be there and live it to truly understand its beauty and mystery.

It’s going to be awesome folks, I can feel it in my bones! I look forward to seeing y’all on the Playa in August/September 2016!

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