Building for Burning Man

Three weeks from today, I’ll be driving down to Black Rock City in northwest Nevada. Actually, for 51 weeks of the year, it’s not even a real city. But for those seven days, it becomes the 4th largest city in the state. Burning Man, at its essence, is an arts/culture/music festival in the desert with an emphasis on extreme creative self-expression and self-reliance.

This weekend, our camp (total: ten other friends) began construction on our three-story tower. As sore and tired as I am right now, it felt so good to be creating something physical with my hands because, for the most part, I work digitally in a cubicle. I loved the fresh air, the dusty smell of the barn, and even the splinters in my hands. Here are the fruits of our two-day blitz build.

The barn where all the magic happens. Location: Ellensburg, WA.

Kyle is ready.

Dusty proudly shows off Garet's model.

It's always easier to first build the walls on the floor than when they're upright.

This would have been impossible to build without these lofts.

Not even darkness can keep us from building this tower!

Family picture at the end of Day 1


We have floors!

This makes me think that I could build my own cabin one day.

What a gorgeous barn.

I'm not really sure what I'm doing, but this is one of my favorite photos.

There’s so much to do over these next three weeks!


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