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Home from Burning Man

Aaahhh home sexy home. It feels so good. Though, the recovery from Burning Man has been slow. Jordan and I slept for 15 hours the first night we got back. I’ve been dealing with a nasty head cold that started during our trip. Unpacking is a mess because everything is covered in a layer of white dust. But, the feeling of being home is, as they say, priceless.

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Burning Man was pretty intense. I knew it would be. That’s a big part of the reason I threw myself into it. Some of you have asked me what Burning Man is, and I don’t really know how to answer that. Burning Man is what you make it.

It’s a community that is built in the middle of the desert for one week, and then is taken down, “leaving no trace behind.” Wikipedia will tell you “The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance.” The structures and “art cars” people create for Burning Man are incredible. My mind was blown at the amazing, intricate, beautiful pieces that covered the desert. Costumes are also used for self-expression. That is something J and I lacked, as we were too busy preparing for our “radical self-reliance,” making sure we had survival gear (ex: water, baby wipes, flash lights, sun screen, food, goggles, bandanas….).
Right now, I think I’m still processing it. It was unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced before. Total sensory overload. We have a lot of photos to sort through. And of course a video is in the works too. So stay tuned for that!
I’ll be playing catch up for the next few days. Some wholesale orders have stacked up while I was gone and I want to get them sent out before we leave again this weekend. Never-ending, I’m telling ya. How was your weekend? Do anything fun for Labor Day? xo JA

Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Oh yay! I went to Bonnaroo in 2012 for the first time (and first music festival) and the community there blew my mind. I’ve always wanted to go to Burning Man so I can’t wait for your glimpse into it.

  • Bev Feldman says:

    I’ve heard that Burning Man is a pretty incredible experience. As much as I would love to check it out for myself, I don’t think I have it in me. Hope you feel better soon!

  • Oh wow, I would absolutely love to go to burning man one day. I try to do a festival every year (Sasquatch and Coachella multiple times). I feel like I have to build up to burning man 🙂 glad that you enjoyed yourself!

  • Alice says:

    I’m glad you had a great time! Here’s random celeb info: George Clooney’s ex GF was there too, lol!

    I’m looking forward to the video and pics. 🙂

  • BCshutterbug says:

    That sounds like an awesome time. And love the first photo! So much…flat!! Glad you had a great time.

  • Sounds like a great time! Welcome back home…hope you guys start feeling better soon!!

  • shayna says:

    Ah, I remember my virgin burn (in 2002, yea, I’m old) – I haven’t been since 2009, and I sometimes worry that popularity of the event and all the media exposure will change the community. I know it has changed and grown over the last 20 years but it’s nice to know the core community values still remain mind-blowing your virgin year. What was your favorite art piece? looking forward to seeing your pix!

  • Anonymous says:

    i love this burning man video too; really sums it all up for me. not just the art, but the community and the people.

  • Dawn says:

    I can’t wait to see the video from Burning Man! It definitely sounds intense, but it is something that my friend’s dad suggested that we do before we die. You’re the only other person I “know” to have gone, so I’m looking forward to hearing more and seeing more about your experience. I hope you’re rested up!

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