One of the main reasons that I enjoyed Burning Man was the friends that shared the experience with me. This year was the dustiest Burning man in a long time. The best bit was the actual burns, the ginormous man and the temple that they build every year for the experience. Burning Man was one of the best experiences on this trip so far.
My friends from school, Gus and Joe, camped with us and we went to the burns, played poker, and set up the camp together. They had been going for four years so they knew a lot and showed us around the city. The big reason why it was so fun was because of the friends we made. We hung out with Landon, Carson, Mickey, and Marty on the trampolines.
My brother hung out with kids more his age, Hope, Arri, Forrest, Will, and Meghan were some of his best friends. He actually met his girlfriend Hope at burning man. Having friends that were more experienced was really helpful. They took him dancing a lot.
The dust was bad. The first day was a 15 hour dust storm. It was crazy, you couldn’t see five feet in front of you. The whiteout lasted for 12 hours and it was moderate for the rest of the storm. To go outside we had to wear goggles and masks to protect our eyes and our throats. The next storm lasted four hours, it wasn’t that bad. My dad and I watched sky divers get blown off course because of one.
The burns were amazing. The energy before the burns was great, every one was excited for them but sad because it marked the end of the week. The Man had a whole show and burned for 45 minutes before it fell. He was 60 feet tall. The temple had no show but was more spectacular than the man, it fell after 7 minutes but everyone stayed for the perimeter break. We have a temple for other burners to make shrines for lost loved ones. They were the whole point of the place and marked the end, it was a bittersweet occasion.
Burning Man would have been dull without the friends that I made there and those that I already had. This year was very, incredibly dusty. I had the most fun at the actual burns both the man and the temple, they were amazing but a little bit sad. Burning Man was one of the best experiences on this trip so far.