JRS VOLUME #13; ISSUE #34
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 13, Issue #34: LOCAL RESOURCES
August 21, 2009
RENO: THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD:
+ FULL-BLOWN RENO INFORMATION
+ RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ AIR PLAYA INFO RETURNS TO RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ VOLUNTEER WITH AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ BURNING MAN TICKET OUTLETS IN RENO
+ WHERE CAN I GET A BIKE IN RENO?
+ 2009 RENO-SPARKS RECYCLING PROJECT
+ GREAT BURNER-ONLY HOTEL DEALS
+ THE CELTIC FOREST ART INSTALLATION IN RENO THROUGH DEC. 1
+ DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
+ OK, TIME FOR A DESERT BREAK - BURNING BLOG IMAGES FROM CURLEY
+ HOT SPOTS AROUND THE RENO / BLACK ROCK DESERT AREA?
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, people come to Burning Man from all OVER the place. And the great majority of you proooobably need to make a pit stop on the way to the playa to load up on supplies, grab a last shower, offer up a last prayer to the god of civilization, or whatever it is people do.
Well, whichever direction you're coming from (even if it's the air), we're here to help you out by pointing you at some resources in the smattering of towns that encircle the Black Rock Desert.
From the West or South (or flying in), we've got Reno covered. From the Northwest, Cedarville. From the East, we got Lovelock and Fernley. And then, when you get up close to the playa, our favorite small desert towns, Gerlach and Empire.
And on your way out, we've got your tip for car washes, recycling and ... showers. Mmmmm showers.
Please pay all these towns the utmost respect on your way through. They are our year-round neighbors in the high desert, and we appreciate them for always being so welcoming as we invade their Nevada backyard every year. Remember, you represent our community. When patronizing any local businesses, please be respectful and courteous (wear your shoes and shirt and all - you're not at Burning Man yet), and Leave No Trace.
And hey, we'll be seeing you guys soon. Real soon like.
FULL-BLOWN RENO INFORMATION
To help you make the most of your time in Reno, whether it's for an hour's pit-stop or multi-day layover, Burning Man's website has an annually-updated, incredibly deep and broad section of information about Reno's most Burner-friendly supermarkets, curiosity shops, hardware stores, water, restaurants, hotels, recycling, and garbage disposal -- you name it -- all mapped out for your navigational planning (which is no mean feat in Reno).
These pages were painstakingly created by a dedicated team of Burners who've called Reno home for years ... they know whereof they speak, and they share their insider information to prove it. We think you'll find it worthy of a bookmark in your web browser. Check it out:
RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The folks at Reno-Tahoe International Airport tell us that 15,000 Burners have been coming through the airport each of the past few years - WOW, that's like almost 1-in-3 participants! - making Burning Man the second-most busy time of the year for the airport. We've therefore compiled information and a list of resources that will help make your travel through RTIA as smooth-sailing as possible. Check it out here:
AIR PLAYA INFO RETURNS TO RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Through the coordinated efforts of the Burning Man Project, the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and local and international resources, Air Playa Info was established in 2008 and returns to provide information and resources for travelers on their way from the airport to Burning Man.
Located next to Baggage Claim inside the airport, volunteers at the Air Playa Info table help answer your questions, provide directions and maps, share information about BRC and all kinds of Reno-area resources, and coordinate your rideshare and shuttling options.
Air Playa Info will be available from Friday, August 28 through Friday, September 4.
More info: http://bit.ly/2LojV
VOLUNTEER WITH AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
So, are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Want to assist people coming to Burning Man from all points around the globe? Air Playa Info will operate from 9:00a - 10:00p Friday [pre-event] through Friday [event] at the Reno Tahoe International Airport. We're still looking for some volunteers to staff the table -- particularly later in the week (Sept. 2-4). Parking will be validated for confirmed volunteers, and a shuttle bus might be available.
If interested, please email: AirPlaya (at) att (dot) net
BURNING MAN TICKET OUTLETS IN RENO
You can get your Burning Man tickets at The Melting Pot, but only until Friday, August 28th. The owners are longtime Burners, and good people. Plus, they have plenty of accessories and whatnots you might need on the way through to the Burn.
All tickets available at Walk-in Outlets are $300 each, with no additional service charges. They accept cash or money order/cashier's check ONLY. Money orders and cashier's checks should be made out to Burning Man. All payment must be made in US Dollars. BE PREPARED WITH EXACT CHANGE! Our outlets cannot make change for you. Absolutely no credit or debit cards, and no personal checks. Please do not burden our outlets with phone calls, they cannot hold tickets for you and they cannot answer any questions about Burning Man.
The Melting Pot
1049 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
WHERE CAN I GET A BIKE IN RENO?
Say you're flying into Reno, or you don't want to haul a bike for most of your drive. Well, there are a few places in Reno offering playa bikes for rent and sale. They include:
Black Rock Bicycles - 775-972-3336
The only bike outfit in Reno primarily catering to Burners. Brand new durable cruisers for women and men for purchase. RENTALS SOLD OUT! To buy a bike or bike-accessories (lock, bell, lights, basket, rack), Black Rock Bicycles has teamed up with two local Save Mart supermarkets to sell new cruisers at the stores, now and through the week of Burning Man. You can also find Black Rock Bicycles for purchase at Prism Magic Clothing. Locations:
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Avenue, Reno, 775-786-2150
195 West Plumb Lane, Reno, 775-786-0138
Prism Magic Clothing
2161 Pyramid Way, Sparks, 775-356-5577
To peek at the cruisers available, check out the website --
2009 RENO-SPARKS RECYCLING PROJECT
This year marks the third year of what has turned out to be a very successful, no-strings-attached, multi-community endeavor to support the recycling efforts of Burning Man participants during the event. Recycle your stuff here:
2009 Reno-Sparks Free Drive-Thru Recycling
Friday, August 28 - Wednesday, September 9 - Open 24 Hours
Save Mart Supermarkets
525 Keystone Avenue, Reno, 775-786-2150
195 West Plumb Lane, Reno, 775-786-0138 (back of store)
565 East Prater Way, Sparks, 775-359-9060
9750 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, 775-425-2700
Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street, Reno, 775-852-8023
Accepted Recyclables: Plastics (HDPE 1,2,3,4,& 5), glass, all metals (aluminum, tin, steel, brass, etc.), paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household (rechargeable and disposable) batteries, and bicycles.
Simply drive into the parking lot and deposit your recyclables into the appropriate containers. Please have your recyclables as clean as possible! Please also remove them from bags before depositing.
Garbage disposal will also be available for recyclers at approximately $3 per standard 35-gallon trash bag.
Proceeds from recyclables and proceeds beyond the costs for garbage disposal from this recycling project will be donated to support local environmental causes.
GREAT BURNER-ONLY HOTEL DEALS
Reno-Tahoe visitor's bureau is a non-profit group that assists visitors to the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas. They've been working with local hotels and the Reno airport to support Burners, and they've been doing a great job of it. As they tell us: "The airport and the hotels are really embracing Burning Man - we have six partners this year! They are laying down the red carpet!"
Burner Hotel Page:
General Visitor Info for the Reno-Tahoe Area:
Here are some of the hotel deals available:
Grand Sierra Resort
$49 rate for rooms during Burning Man, excluding Sept. 4-6. 25% RV park discount, excluding Sept. 4-5. Booking code is BMAN. http://grandsierraresort.com
Eldorado Hotel Casino
Effective Dates: 08/25 - 08/27, 09/01 - 09/03, and 09/07 - 09/10
20% off Room Rates + 2-for-1 Breakfast Buffet & Eldorado Fun Book with $75 in discounts on Dining, Entertainment, and Gaming http://www.eldoradoreno.com Code is BURNINGMAN
Call and mention BURN09
Rates and dates based upon availability. Management reserves all rights.
Circus Circus Reno
$5 off the Web site rate along with a Circus Fun Bucks coupon sheet ($65 Value). http://www.circusreno.com
Sands Regency Casino Hotel
Pre and post mid-week at $29.00 per night and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at $69.00 per night.
Booking code is BURNING.
Best Western Airport Plaza
1981 Terminal Way, Reno, NV 89502
Burning Man Special Room Rate $77. Last day to book is 9/2/09.
Ask for the "Burning Man Special" Location
Sunday-Thursday $34.99, Friday-Saturday $84.99. Booking code is BM09.
THE CELTIC FOREST ART INSTALLATION IN RENO THROUGH DEC. 1
Located on the corner of Sierra Street and Island Avenue, on the bank of the Truckee River in Downtown Reno, Nevada.
Previously exhibited at Burning Man in 2008, "Celtic Forest: Book of the Raven" (conceptualized by Laura Kimpton and created by artists Jeff Schomberg, Antonio Ruperto, and Bob Hofmann) has transformed an empty lot in downtown Reno into a dramatic interactive art installation, performance venue and community gathering spot.
Check out the BRAF-Reno website for the ongoing schedule of events:
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
OK, so you've done what you need to do ... you've got your ride packed to the gills, you're gassed up, and you're ready to venture forth from Reno and out to Black Rock City. How the heck do you ...? Ahhhh, driving directions:
OK, TIME FOR A DESERT BREAK - BURNING BLOG IMAGES FROM CURLEY
Here, enjoy a peek at what awaits on the other side of the last exit to NowHere - Curley's posted great shots of the desert on the way in (and a reminder about speed limits, if we may!) at http://blog.burningman.com/?p=4858.
HOT SPOTS AROUND THE RENO / BLACK ROCK DESERT AREA?
You want to check things out a bit? Well, you should ... the area around Reno and the Black Rock Desert is plenty beautiful and interesting, with wild horses, wildflowers, historic spots, hot springs, Pyramid Lake, and more. We have a round-up of some things to see and do in the area, here:
FROM THE NORTHWEST: CEDARVILLE
The town of Cedarville, CA is a great stop if you're coming to Black Rock City from the northwest on Route 299. Their chamber of commerce and the people of the town are opening welcome arms to traveling Burners, and working hard to support us. More info and a list of businesses here:
FROM THE EAST: LOVELOCK
Set on the western edge of "Cowboy Country," Lovelock, the County Seat of Pershing County, is the last major pit stop on I-80 heading west before you veer north to the playa. Great place to stop, get your sleep on, get your supplies-gathering on, while enjoying some history. Get the details here:
FROM THE EAST: FERNLEY
West of Lovelock, and thus closer to the 447 exit off of I80 is Fernley, NV, a two-exit city with some great things to offer. More information about what's available in Fernley can be found here:
GET YOUR SUPPLIES AND SHOWERS IN GERLACH
Support your Gerlach Burners by getting your supplies right there at the big WHITE STAR TENT at 305 Main Street in Gerlach beginning Wednesday, August 19, 2009 and continuing throughout the event!
BarSylBazaar in Gerlach:
Burners selling BEER, FOOD, potable water (bottles, cases, RV and tank fillups available!), goggles, sunglasses, skincare, emergen-C, feminine products, pipes, local resource walking sticks, tee-shirts, gifts, etc.! (Supports FEI Wildlife Conservation Ranch.)
Gerlach SHOWERS, SHOWERS, SHOWERS throughout the event!
(For Burners, By Burners)
Sylvia and JB's Mutant Vehicle Support is near the Burning Man Ranch, by the Black Rock Desert. Please contact JB for contacts, towing or troubleshooting if you have any trouble with your vehicle on the way to or from Burning Man.
Iveson Ranch - Gerlach
GERLACH CAR WASH
Ranger Keeper reminds us:
"Wanted to remind folks out there that when the dust has settled and it's time to roll home, they can stop off at the ***Gerlach Car Wash*** and drive home in decadence!
The Car Wash will be open on Sunday and Monday from 8 AM - 6 PM. We use the Post Office parking lot, visible from the drive through town.
Cost is $10 per car, and $25 per RV.
Proceeds go to benefit the Gerlach Schools student body, supporting them in all kinds of extra curricular activites (sports, field trips, the arts, etc.) throughout the school year.
Thanks for giving back to this local community... they need our support!"
As you may have heard through the grapevine, the Empire Store (the only store within 60 miles of Black Rock City) changed management since the last Burn, and concerns had arisen about their ability to cope with the onslaught of Burning Man participants headed their way. We've talked to the new owners, and they assure us they'll be open, stocked, and ready for us -- with some caveats.
One: there will be no ATM machine ... there WILL be one at Bruno's Country Club in Gerlach. Two: they're having issues with their gasoline deliveries and may not have fuel; there is a Gerlach Shell station. Plan accordingly. (Note: It's always a good idea to fuel up BEFORE entering the desert itself, so as to avoid creating (or joining) a backup in Gerlach during Exodus.)
It's important to remember, by the way, that the Empire Store is a smaller store about the size of your average convenience store ... it's not a gigantic grocery store. If you're going to need to stock up on TONS of stuff for your Burn, you'll want to do that shopping in Reno. But the Empire Store is a great resource for the essentials you need, especially the "D'oh! I forgot toothpaste," or "We can't do the project without that spatula!" kind of thing, or to pick up a last 6-pack of beer. Plus, they have ice cream, which will look like EDIBLE SOLID GOLD about the time you're rolling through Empire, believe us.
We want to say that we really appreciate our (current and former) friends at the Empire Store, and thank for them for their efforts to serve our participants.
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