In 2001, I rented a car and drove myself to the "great unknown" event
for the first time with only basic preparations from the Reno Wal Mart, what
little I could bring on an airplane and the knowledge that my pumper friend,
Terry awaited me in the Black Rock Desert with a fully established camp site.
The stop at Pyramid Lake was
awesome. This is where the famous Truckee River simply ends. In
the Nevada desert. And evaporates. A lot of it anyway.
Once you get to Gerlach, Burning Man is easy to find. Look to your
right. You can't miss it, 10 miles off in the distance.
And then, you finally get there ...
On the way --- airplane nakedness.
People swimming and fishing and taking a break.
Highway 447 on the way towards Pyramid Lake. Here you can find the
occasional hitch-hiker on the way to Burning Man.
Many of them will be quite daring and unashamed; so long as you're not the
Nevada Highway Patrol. In 2002, the drive got really exciting.