JRS VOLUME #15; ISSUE #25
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 15, Issue #25 LOCAL TOWNS & RESOURCES
August 3, 2011
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
+ 2011 RENO-SPARKS-WADSWORTH RECYCLING PROJECT
+ RIDESHARE LOCATIONS IN RENO
+ DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
TOWNS EN ROUTE FROM DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS:
+ FROM THE NORTHWEST: CEDARVILLE & ALTURAS
+ FROM THE EAST: LOVELOCK
+ FROM THE SOUTHEAST: FALLON
+ FROM THE SOUTH: FERNLEY
+ BRC'S CLOSE NEIGHBORS: WADSWORTH, NIXON, AND PYRAMID LAKE
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The time has come - the home stretch! Time to plot your strategy for getting there, and getting all the supplies you need. As you're heading to the playa from all points on the map, we're here to help you make your pit stops along the way. We've compiled a collection of resources in the major towns you'll pass through on the way to BRC, whichever direction you're coming from -- even from the air.
Whether you want to grab that last shower, pick up an extra 6-pack, find a tent, or just take a moment to kiss civilization goodbye, we've got you handled.
From the West or Southwest (or flying in), we've got Reno covered. From the Northwest, Cedarville. From the East, we got Lovelock and Fernley. From the Southeast, there's Fallon. Then for most travelers, there is also Wadsworth and Nixon, our good neighbors from the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. And finally, when you get up close to the playa, our favorite small desert towns: Gerlach and Empire.
On your way out, we've got your tip for car washes, properly dumping garbage (hint: not just any ol' dumpster, folks!), disposing of your recycling and ... showers. Mmmmm, showers.
And hey, 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 swarm their Nevada backyard every year. Remember, you represent Burners everywhere with your actions in these places! When patronizing any local businesses or rest areas (or their parking lots), please be respectful and courteous, and just like on the playa, please Leave No Trace. And keep your pants on.
FULL-BLOWN RENO INFORMATION
The Reno area is the nearest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, which is 2.5 hours away. Whether it's for getting any and all supplies you need, or for a multi-day layover, our website has a broad and incredibly deep section packed with information on all of the important local resources -- supermarkets, curiosity shops, water and hardware stores, hotels, restaurants, bars, transportation/shipping resources, recycling, trash, greywater disposal ...you name it -- its all mapped out for your navigational planning (which is no mean feat in Reno).
These pages are painstakingly updated each year by a team of awesome local Burners who know whereof they speak. Check it out:
RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The folks at Reno-Tahoe International Airport tell us that Burning Man is their second-most busy time of year, with approximately 15,000 Burners coming through on their way to the playa. We've compiled information and a list of resources that will help make your travel through RTIA as smooth-flying as possible. Check it out here:
AND hey! Spend some time at Reno airport's display cases as you're passing through: we've teamed up with local burners and some very talented photographers to bring you "Burning Man: A Journey Through Time", an historical retrospective installation created in partnership with the Reno Airport.
...PLUS! 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 resources, Air Playa Info returns for its fourth year to provide information and resources for travelers on their way to Burning Man.
Located next to Baggage Claim inside the airport, volunteers at the Air Playa Info table will help answer your questions, provide directions and maps, and share information about BRC and all kinds of Reno-area resources -- including rideshare options.
Air Playa Info will be available 9am-10pm daily from Friday, August 27 through Friday, September 2.
More info found here: http://bit.ly/iE9OW8
2011 RENO-SPARKS-WADSWORTH RECYCLING PROJECT
This marks the fifth evolutionary year of what has turned out to be a very successful, no-strings-attached, multi-community endeavor to support the recycling efforts of Burners during and following Burning Man...
2011 Reno-Sparks-Wadsworth Free Drive-Thru Recycling Project
Friday, August 26 through Wednesday, September 7, 2010 - Available 24 Hours
ACCEPTED RECYCLABLES: Plastics (SPI 1,2,3,4,& 5), glass, all metals (aluminum, tin, steel, brass, etc.), paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household (rechargeable and disposable) batteries, bicycles, and non-perishable food and water.
Simply drive into the parking lot and sort and deposit your recyclables into the appropriate containers. Please have your recyclables as clean as possible and remove from bags before depositing.
Disposal of non-recyclable waste will also be available for recyclers at approximately $3 per standard 35-gallon trash bag.
Proceeds from recyclables, and proceeds beyond expenses for garbage disposal, will be donated to help support new Black Rock Solar installations in the region. Non-perishable food and water will be donated to local Food Banks. Bikes will be donated to local Kiwanis and American Legion bike programs for kids.
Your participation and care is very much appreciated!
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
* 1299 Washeim Street, State Route 447, Wadsworth, 775-575-0707
RIDESHARING FROM RENO TO BRC
Thousands of Burners fly into Reno looking for rideshare options to the playa (which is 2.5 hours away). At the same time, many thousands of other Burners drive into Reno for supplies on their way to the Burn. To best match those looking for rides with those who have a ride to offer, there is one location in Reno -- next to a major travel route to Burning Man and 10 minutes from the Reno Airport -- where you can hook up and negotiate a ride. If you are flying into Reno, check in at Air Playa Info (see above) inside the Reno Airport to see about carpooling a taxi with others to this location:
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave - 775-786-2150
Some things to keep in mind about ridesharing:
The parking lot -- the best spot to inquire about a ride -- is not just for Burners. Other people shop there too, so please only inquire for a ride among Burners, and be respectful. We tend to stand out!
Offering to chip in for gas is helpful if you can.
Leave No Trace!
Everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a seatbelt -- it's the law.
Make sure EVERYBODY in the vehicle has their Burning Man ticket, or has one at Will Call. If riders aren't holding a ticket or a will call receipt, we ask you to PLEASE not bring them to BRC.
FInally, BE COMFORTABLE before hopping on-board with your fellow would-be travelers.
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, you're ready to venture forth from Reno, and out to Black Rock City. How the heck do you ...? Ahhhh, driving directions:
FROM THE NORTHWEST: CEDARVILLE & ALTURAS
The town of Cedarville, CA is a great stop -- in fact, your last for 85 miles -- 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:
4-Corners Market in Alturas will stay open for all 24 hours leading up to the opening of Burning Man to help customers make it through the night and not hold anyone up from getting supplies and making it to the Black Rock Desert. Just a reminder that they cannot sell alcohol between 2 am and 6 am. They have plenty of food, water, and hoses outside for your convenience.
FROM THE EAST: LOVELOCK
Set on the western edge of "Cowboy Country," Lovelock, the County Seat of Pershing County, is the first major pit stop on I-80 heading west after a few hundred miles, and your last for another 70, before you hit Fernley and then 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 SOUTHEAST: FALLON
Fallon is your first major town after traveling hundreds of miles either from Las Vegas or via Highway 50, "America's Loneliest Highway." Many resources can be found in this oasis in the desert, and we've got them listed here:
FROM THE SOUTH: FERNLEY
Your last town to find many supplies within 100 miles of BRC, Fernley is a town very supportive of Burning Man with some great things to offer. More information about what's available in Fernley can be found here:
BLACK ROCK CITY'S CLOSE NEIGHBORS: WADSWORTH, NIXON, AND PYRAMID LAKE
Most travelers pass through the towns of Wadsworth and Nixon on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation on their way to Burning Man. The Tribe is very supportive of Burning Man and very hospitable to travelers. You will find the I-80 Smokeshop in Wadsworth and The Nixon Store in Nixon with gas, food, alcohol, ice, cheap smokes, ATM, pay-phone, and lots of other supplies, as well as lake camping and day-use permits. There are also lake tours, RV Parks and campgrounds, a restaurant and saloon, trash/recycling services, auto/tow service, and car-wash to be found on the Reservation. Some of the businesses/services will be open 24 hours during peak travel times. Check out all the information here:
Pyramid Lake is a beautiful ancient lake at the heart of the Paiute Tribe Reservation, with plenty of day-use and camping opportunities before/after a week on the hot dusty playa.
NOTE that all day-use and camping requires permits! Proceeds from permits help support the Tribal Government, and water quality and environmental programs that protect the unique ecosystem of Pyramid Lake year round. The Tribe advises all travelers to know that the north and east side of the lake, Anajo Island, The Pyramid, and The Needles, are off-limits to everyone but tribe members. The Tribe also advises that souvenir and artifact hunting are not permitted. To purchase camping, day-use, and other permits online, or for a list of permit locations and additional information about Pyramid Lake, please visit www.pyramidlake.us.
PYRAMID LAKE ART SHOW
The Paiute Tribe invites all Burning Man participants to stop and experience the unique art and culture on display at the Pyramid Lake Art Show, Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5, at the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center (709 State Street in Nixon, across from The Nixon Store). Native American artists will be selling and displaying their artwork & crafts. Traditional entertainment will be on-hand, and unique refreshments and food will be available for sale. The traveler will also find an invaluable experience in checking out the Museum itself with breathtaking architecture and a remarkable display of the history and culture of the Tribe, lake, and land. If you are camping on Pyramid Lake or otherwise have the time, donít miss out on this special arts show at the Museum that will leave you with an appreciation for the unique arts and culture of Pyramid Lake.
The Sacred Visions Powwow Committee will be sponsoring a carwash during Exodus for travelers next to the Natchez Elementary School, just as you enter Wadsworth on State Route 447. The wash will be available for vehicles of all sizes during daylight hours from September 3-5. All funds raised will go to support the 4th Annual Sacred Visions Powwow.
The Tribe advises all travelers to slow down and keep your distance while traveling through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. The Tribe requests that all travelers obey the posted speed limits, and to keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. All of the State Routes on the reservation are two lane roads and the Tribe would like motorists to be aware of the dangers associated with high speeds on two lane highways. The entire Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation is an open range area for livestock; motorists are to be cautious of livestock that may be on the highways. Finally, while passing though the Tribal communities of Wadsworth and Nixon, the Tribe requests that motorists be cautious of children and courteous to Tribal Members that may attempt to cross the road, or that are accessing their homes, businesses, or Tribal Services.
GETTING 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.
http://artcarsupport.com Iveson Ranch - Gerlach
GERLACH CAR WASH
Ranger Keeper writes to tell us:
"The annual Gerlach Car Wash will be happening again this year on Sunday and Monday of Exodus. All the proceeds go to the Gerlach Schools. This supports our athletic program throughout the year. All of the student athletes (along with parents and teachers) come out with the hopes of washing many a playa-dusty vehicle.
The Car Wash is located on the corner of Main Street in Gerlach. Thanks for supporting the local community!
~Ranger Keeper, Teacher, Gerlach Schools"
PURCHASE WATER IN GERLACH
"Gerlach General Improvement District - 401 Cottonwood Drive - 775-557-2601 Open 9am-11am, but open 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28. The Gerlach GID (the local governing body of Gerlach, just a few miles from BRC) will be selling potable water to fill up RVs and water tanks of any size, with the funds going to support the town of Gerlach. Located in front of the town's Community Center, look out for directional signs just as you enter town on Main Street. Rates are 50 cents per gallon up to 100 gallons, 45 cents per gallon between 100 and 200 gallons, and 40 cents per gallon for above 200 gallons. Cash only, but ATM is onsite. Call the office or email gerlachgid (at) yahoo (dot) com with any questions or to arrange fill-ups prior to August 26th.
This decision has been made in an attempt to keep our water rates reasonable for the citizens of Gerlach. We have a top notch water treatment plant here, but due to the small size of our town, our 150 residents must pay for the maintenance of an entire water system. We want to provide a town resource to the participants of Burning Man, and we think this will save you money in addition to helping our town. Water weighs 8 lbs per gallon, and by buying your water in Gerlach you will avoid paying fuel costs to transport your water from afar."
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.
PLUS! We've got to tell you, the store looks incredible! They've installed some decorative art gardens out front, remodeled the front entry - and we're told that they'll be open 24 hours during this year's event, along with some other awesome surprises. We'll share more with you soon as we learn what they have planned!
Thanks to our friends at the Empire Store for their ongoing efforts to welcome and serve Burning Man participants!
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