JRS VOLUME #17; ISSUE #29
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 17, Issue #29 LOCAL TOWNS & RESOURCES
July 18, 2013
RENO - THE BIGGEST LITTLE CITY IN THE WORLD:
+ FULL-BLOWN RENO INFORMATION
+ RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
+ THE EXODUS TRASH AND RECYCLING NETWORK (EXTRA!)
+ BURNER EXPRESS -- BUSING FROM THE RENO AIRPORT (AND SF) TO BRC
+ ADVANTAGE FLIGHT -- WE'LL FLY YA TO THE PLAYA
+ RIDESHARING FROM RENO TO BRC
+ DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
+ THE GENERATOR COMMUNITY ART AND BUILDERS SPACE
+ "BURNING MAN - THRIVING IN THE DESERT, FLOURISHING IN THE WORLD" EXHIBIT OPENING IN RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN AUGUST
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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Hello everybody ... in case you haven't peeked at the calendar lately, it's high time to start plotting your strategy for getting to Black Rock City, and getting all the supplies you need along the way. And we're here to help. We've compiled an impressive (if we do say so ourselves) collection of resources in the neighboring towns you'll pass through on the way to BRC, whichever direction you're coming from -- even from the air.
Whether you want to load up on water, find a tent, grab another costume, get that last shower ... or just take a moment to kiss civilization goodbye, we've got you handled ...
Yep, coming from the West or Southwest (or flying in from across the country or around the globe), 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, 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.
Now, this part is important: these communities are our neighbors. We've formed some great relationships with them over the years, and frankly, our community in the desert couldn't continue without them. Please pay all these towns the utmost respect on your way through. Show them some love, and be sure to remember that your actions represent Burners everywhere. When patronizing a local business, rest area, or parking lot, please be respectful and courteous. Just like on the playa, you absolutely must LEAVE NO TRACE. And keep your damn pants on, just this once.
Finally, if you're going to be loading up on supplies in the region, learn more about how you can spend your money at businesses that invest in social capital: http://bit.ly/MG574Q
The Man burns in 44 days!
FULL-BLOWN RENO INFORMATION
The Reno area is the nearest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, 2.5 hours away. If you plan to get any or all of the supplies you need in Reno, or to stay overnight there, we have a big section on our website PACKED with information on all of the important local resources -- supermarkets, water, hardware, curiosity shops, recycling, trash and greywater disposal, hotels, restaurants, bars, transportation and shipping, you name it. And all mapped out for your navigational planning. These pages are painstakingly updated each year by a team of local Burners who know whereof they speak. Check it out:
RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Burning Man is the busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, with over 15,000 Burners coming through on their way to and from the playa. In fact, Burning Man brings an estimated $10 million in revenue to the airport and the Airport President recently said "Burners literally put the 'International' in Reno-Tahoe International Airport's name." Cool, huh? Well we've got information and resources that will help make your travel through the airport as smooth as possible here:
AIR PLAYA INFO AT THE RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Through the coordinated efforts of the Burning Man Project and Reno-Tahoe International Airport, Air Playa Info returns for its sixth year to provide information and resources for travelers on their way to Burning Man.
Located next to Baggage Claim inside the airport, the knowledgeable volunteers at the Air Playa Info table will help answer your questions, provide directions and maps, and share information about Reno-area resources, including transportation options to Black Rock City.
Air Playa Info will be available 9am-10pm daily from Friday, August 23 through Thursday, August 29.
More info found here: http://bit.ly/iE9OW8
THE BURNING MAN EXODUS TRASH AND RECYCLING NETWORK (EXTRA!)
Saturday, August 31 – Wednesday, September 4. OPEN 24 HOURS!
There are several convenient 24-hour trash and recycling centers along all Exodus routes. Recycling is free and trash disposal is approximately $5 per 35-gallon trash bag.
HUMAN AND OTHER HAZARDOUS WASTE IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED!
Accepted Recyclables: Bicycles, plastics (SPI 1-5), glass, all metals, paper, cardboard, plastic bags, household (rechargeable and disposable) batteries, and non-perishable food and water. Please plan ahead, clean your recyclables as much as possible, and have them debagged and sorted before depositing into the appropriate containers. Deposit trash separately into appropriate dumpsters. Again: NO human and other hazardous waste whatsoever!
And remember this is a tremendously generous service to our community – PLEASE be polite and responsible!
To the South, East, & West of BRC...
Save Mart Supermarkets
• 525 Keystone Avenue, Reno, NV, 775-786-2150
• 9750 Pyramid Lake Highway, Sparks, NV, 775-425-2700
• 565 East Prater Way, Sparks, NV, 775-359-9060
• 195 West Plumb Lane, Reno, NV, 775-786-0138 (back of store)
Whole Foods Market:
• 6139 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV, 775-852-8023
To the North of BRC...
Rabbit Traxx Store
• 580 Patterson Way, Cedarville, CA, 530-279-2022
[[[[[PLEASE NOTE: In the printed Burning Man Survival Guide, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Transfer Station was listed as an Exodus Trash and Recycling Network location. Unfortunately, the Tribe is unable to take part in the program this year. Please take your trash and recycling to one of the other locations listed above.]]]]]
Project proceeds beyond expenses will be donated to help support new Black Rock Solar installations or other local community programs in the region. Non-perishable food and water will be donated to local Food Banks, and bicycles will be donated to local bike programs to support kids in need. Your careful participation in the seventh year of this multi-community project community is greatly appreciated! Leave No Trace on and off the playa.
BURNER EXPRESS - BUSING FROM THE RENO AIRPORT TO BLACK ROCK CITY
In an effort to reduce traffic and limit the environmental impact of our event, Burning Man organizers are offering the Burner Express bus service with pickups in San Francisco and the Reno airport to Black Rock City and back. This service offers early arrival, speedier entrance, ticket pick up, reserved camping and quicker departures.
Burner Express is ideal for participants flying into the event and for Burners involved in art projects and theme camps having their gear hauled in by campmates. Tickets start at $60 one way from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and $95 one way from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Additional charges apply for extra luggage or for a stop at a grocery store in Reno. Departures begin from both locations Saturday, August 24 and return trips begin Friday, August 30.
Large motor coach buses will take Burners to Gerlach, where they will hop on smaller buses for the ride into Black Rock City. There will be a "bus only" lane to sidestep traffic backups at Gate and Greeters, and bus passengers will have their own Will Call station for speedier ticket pick up.
Once inside BRC, bus riders have the option of camping in a reserved camping section on the 6 o'clock access road or taking shuttles out to 3 o'clock or 9 o'clock along G Street.
For more information, see:
To purchase tickets, visit:
ADVANTAGE FLIGHT - THEY'LL FLY YA TO THE PLAYA!
Flying into and out of Burning Man has always been one way to save the drive, avoid the lines at the Gate and during Exodus, and keep cars off the road. Advantage Flight, a Burner-owned and operated charter air service with over 700 playa flights logged since 2005, teams up this year with several other charter operators with a goal of reducing at least 1000 cars from this year's Burn.
Advantage now offers several daily non-stop flights between the BRC Airport and Reno, and then to and from the Bay and Northern and Southern California, the Pacific Northwest, and Utah. In addition to passengers, Advantage can fly in materials for build crews, such as baggage, fresh food, and other supplies. Check out the details at: www.advantageflight.com/bman .
RIDESHARING FROM RENO TO BLACK ROCK CITY
If you are unable to arrange for means of transportation from Reno to BRC beforehand, you also have two well-used Rideshare possibilities to BRC:
First option is from the airport, where you may be able to negotiate a ride from fellow Burners renting a car. Check in at Air Playa Info to see if anyone has a seat. Chances are you may also be able to get some of your supplies on the ride too, as most everyone flying in has to get supplies -- be sure and ask.
Your second rideshare option is to go to the busiest pit-stop where Burners driving to BRC go to shop. This rideshare location is 10 minutes from the airport, and open 24 hours.
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave - 775-786-2150
Check in at Air Playa Info to see if there may be other Burners who may be willing to give you a ride there (if not to the playa), or to see if anyone may be willing to carpool a taxi with you.
**Some important things to keep in mind about ridesharing with fellow Burners**
- Offering to chip in for gas is helpful if you can.
- Everyone in the vehicle must be wearing a seatbelt -- it's the law.
- Be sure to LEAVE NO TRACE at the rideshare locations.
- 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 not bring them to BRC.
Riders and Drivers:
- BE COMFORTABLE with whom you choose to share a ride.
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! Woot! Wait, how do you get there? Here ya go:
THE GENERATOR COMMUNITY ART AND BUILDERS SPACE
The Generator is a new, experimental, and radically-inclusive art and builders space in the Reno-Sparks area, dedicated to playa-bound and year-round projects. Art installations being built there for Black Rock City include the Control Tower, Icthyosaur Puppet Project, Dawn Patrol, Like 4 Real and several Regional CORE Effigy projects from around the world. If you have a little extra time travelling through, you may want to check it out.
If you are (responsible and) looking for a free interactive space in which to build, and a passionate community to be part of, definitely check them out. They're having a few events, in fact! On July 20 they're having a Grand Open House party, and on August 10 a Quinceanera Pre-Playa Freak Out party. To contact them and for further info, check out their website:
"BURNING MAN - THRIVING IN THE DESERT, FLOURISHING IN THE WORLD" EXHIBIT OPENING IN RENO-TAHOE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN AUGUST
Travelers arriving at Reno-Tahoe International Airport this summer will be treated to a showcase of “material culture” from the Burning Man event and - for those who think it’s just an event in the desert - examples of how Burning Man’s 10 Principles have permeated culture worldwide.
The display: “Burning Man: Thriving in the Desert, Flourishing in the World” will be on display from early August through mid-October in the airport’s recently renovated gallery space between the arrival / departure gates and the security gates.
The exhibit includes two display cases of Burning Man “material culture” including examples of beautiful patches and jewelry designed by participants. A standing case will display San Francisco artist $teven Ra$pa’s “Dust Devil” costume. Also included is imagery of art installations brought to the Black Rock Desert from around the world, including New York artist Kate Raudenbush’s art piece “Star Seed.”
FROM THE NORTHWEST: CEDARVILLE & ALTURAS
The town of Cedarville, CA is a great place to stop and get supplies from the northwest, and your last for 85 miles. The community really supports us and looks forward to seeing us every year. In fact, all Burners and their art are warmly welcome to participate in the Modoc County Fair in Cedarville August 22-25, as well as in the Town Parade on August 25. An invaluable opportunity to get to know our neighbors, and show off your Burner selves, art and mutant vehicles at this family-friendly event. All info on the parade, fair and resources in Cedarville can be found here:
**Also, a special note to all northbound travelers leaving Black Rock City during Exodus**:
Remember the Cedarville Rancheria Tribe's Rabbit Traxx store is taking part in the Exodus Trash and Recycling Network again this year, so you can take all your trash and recycling there after Burning Man! See here for the details:
FROM THE EAST: LOVELOCK
Set on the western edge of "Cowboy Country," Lovelock, the County Seat of Pershing County, is a major pit-stop on I-80 to look forward to if you are traveling from the east. It's also your last for 70 miles until Fernley, when you veer north off to the playa. Great place to stop, get gas, food, supplies, a bed for the night and show our dear neighbors some love. Get all the details here:
FROM THE SOUTHEAST: FALLON
Fallon is your first major town after traveling hundreds of miles across Nevada, whether from Las Vegas or via Highway 50. Many resources can be found in this very hospitable oasis in the desert, and we've got them listed here:
FROM THE SOUTH: FERNLEY
Your last town to find major supplies within 100 miles of BRC, Fernley is 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 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, auto/tow service and car-wash in Wadsworth. 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 for before and/or after the hot dusty playa.
NOTE: 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 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 Arts and Crafts Show, Saturday and Sunday, August 24-25, at the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitors Center (709 State Street in Nixon, across from The Nixon Store). Native American artists will be displaying and selling their artwork & crafts. 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, don't 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 August 31 - September 3. All funds raised will go to support the 6th Annual Sacred Visions Powwow.
The Tribe advises all travelers to slow down and keep your distance while traveling through the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. Obey the posted speed limits and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. All 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 must 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
You can support your Gerlach Burners by getting your supplies at the big WHITE STAR TENT at 305 Main Street in Gerlach beginning Wednesday, August 21 and continuing throughout the event!
The BarSyl Bazaar in Gerlach has a solid collection of supplies for Burning Man, including bikes, beer, ice, goggles, playa wear and food. 2 blocks north of Bruno's in Gerlach.
Also, 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
The annual Gerlach Car Wash will happen again this year on Sunday and Monday of Exodus. All proceeds go to athletic programs at Gerlach Schools. 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!
PURCHASING WATER IN GERLACH
Our good friends with the Gerlach General Improvement District update us on getting water there and how it supports you and their community:
"Gerlach General Improvement District - 330 Short Drive – 775-557-2601 Available from Aug 19-22, 9am-5pm; Aug 23-26, 8am-midnight; Aug 27-28, 9am-5pm. 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. Look out for directional signs just as you enter town on Main Street, the station is located in front of the town’s Community Center. 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. 6 and 7-gallon water containers also available (free water with purchase of container). Cash only, but ATM is onsite.
This decision to provide water to Burners 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 shop in Reno. But the Empire Store is a great resource for the essentials, 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're told they'll be open 24 hours during this year's event.
Thanks to our friends at the Empire Store for their ongoing efforts to welcome and serve Burning Man participants!
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