Playa Report 2011.
Black Rock City, NV (CN) – I have received several accounts of the state of the playa surface from my well feed dusty moles in DPW.
It don’t sound good folks.
Over the past decade the playa has slowly decayed from a reliable rock hard surface where Andy “Green Man” Green’s art car ‘Pedal Masher’ broke the land speed record at the Burn of 1997 at 763 mph while 20 guests sipped dusty martinis and danced relentlessly from the roof deck into muck and decay.
From my most trusted source in DPW:
“In past years the playa surface resembles a baked brownie crust surface. This year it resembles a brownie mix still in the mixing bowl – a mixture of mud topped by a frothy Santorum of gas, PBR and last years Astroglide. It’s like a swamp.
Don’t even consider bringing a bike unless you plan to turn it into fire art. The playa is unridable. Hell, it’s nearly undrive-able. The higher ups at Burning Man are talking about having people park in Gerlach and be bussed in because so many cars are likely to get stuck in the muck.”
DPW Source #2
The weather has also been more extreme than usual. During the day it’s actually humid. The humidity has brought wildlife back to the playa. Last night I killed a Atropoides picadoi I found under the wheel well of my Toyota Tundra. Speaking of tundra; at night it’s gotten so cold that Trego and Frog Pond hot springs have frozen over. Think Ecuador in August during the Day, Kiev in January at Night. I expect most people will leave after a couple days, no matter what humiliating things they had to do to get tickets. 50,000 people my ass! By Thursday more like 5,000.
Do whatever you want fellow Burners but I’ve ditched the bike, bought some hip boots and anti-venom of Craigslist and am hoping just to survive.