Playa conditions for 2009?

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Postby Bob » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:28 pm

No, the weather we are having now really doesn't have any bearing on what might come up in the hotter summer months.

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Postby dj_john69 » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:11 am

good ole el nino effects
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Postby Sham » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:11 am

The el nino pattern could cause us all to be wallowing in mud for the week.
http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_12593342

....and to think that we were all worried that it would be really dry and dusty. Oh, the power of wishful thinking!
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Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:28 am

We camped out at the frogponds this weekend, I didn't make it out to the playa(muddy) but here is some video that was shot from the camp on Saturday.
It was coming down in torrents, it very much reminded me of why I moved from Seattle.

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one of the locals came out and didn't know about the big firepit that is there, and he tried to go through it with his truck.....it already had standing water in it, and he drove into it during the 5 hours of downpour on saturday night.
They slept in thier truck until morning.

when we left yesterday, standing water was everywhere on the edges of Playa, and several hundred feet of water was standing on the Gerlach end of the playa.
some of the girls had walked out to the playa, on friday(before the rain) and although no pics were taken, they had to jump puddles to get to a dry spot, and it was like concrete.

I think this year will be a good year for bikes and such.
we will find out more on the 4th of Julplaya !!!
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Postby Boijoy » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:51 pm

Holy Crap !! It's been raining cats & dogs around here for two weeks !!
Is the playa going to be dry & dusty enough in time for Burning Man?!?!??!
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Postby oneeyeddick » Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:59 pm

The bigger, more serious question is will it be ready for 4th of Julplaya ?

If it stays wet and rainy all summer long, you can blame me for moving down here from Seattle.
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Postby Boijoy » Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:24 pm

ohhh yeah. your right. early July might actually be a problem. that would suck.
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Postby mishkamishka » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:30 pm

I was in the black rock desert yesterday and it was looking pretty good IMO.
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Postby wedeliver » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:40 pm

It looks like the rainy weather pattern has passed and clear and sunny is forcasted for at least the next 10 days. It only takes a few days for the playa to dry out and it should be fine in 2 weeks.

Then we will get a good look to see how the surface dried and did it form those small pools that made for the bad conditions last year.

I heard the location of BRC was changed for this year to account for that surface issue.

Last night we went below freezing for the first time in 2 months but it will start getting hot this week.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:53 pm

4th of Julplaya is just 2 weekends away and I am STOKED !!!
I bought some fireworks yesterday in Battle Mountain.
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Postby mojo » Tue Jun 23, 2009 1:47 pm

OED - I'm going too to work with greeters - wish I had access to good fireworks - is there a good place to look for them on the way????

All we can get here is the crappy "safe and sane" stuff.
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Postby howjon2001 » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:13 pm

My information is that BM alternates between two sites - if you hated last year's - you'll love 2009. I believe they also reduced the size (of the Esplanade circle) back to 2007 dimensions.

How is playa access from Trego / Frog Pond area? Although I will prob go to Gerlach first for Juplaya.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:44 pm

mojo wrote:OED - I'm going too to work with greeters
Greeters for 4th of Julplaya ?
- wish I had access to good fireworks - is there a good place to look for them on the way????
Not that I know of...if you go south of Fallon to Shurs(spelling?), they sell them off of the reservation there

All we can get here is the crappy "safe and sane" stuff.


Buy a shitload of red sparklers, duct tape them all together in one log(airtight) and leave one out to use for the fuse....when the lit one reaches the others and ignites them, it makes a huge explosion...very much like a fractional stick of dynomite

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Postby Boijoy » Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:56 pm

OR you can put some Mentos in soda !! :)
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Postby ygmir » Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:00 pm

Boijoy wrote:OR you can put some Mentos in soda !! :)


that in a porta potty and you've got a celebration bidet multi use device........
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Postby Elderberry » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:45 pm

ygmir wrote:
Boijoy wrote:OR you can put some Mentos in soda !! :)


that in a porta potty and you've got a celebration bidet multi use device........


that was funny.

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Postby mojo » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:24 am

Sorry for the brevity/clarity sacrifice there.

There will not be people greeting participants - rather greeter's project doing some planning/prep and stuff sorting at the work ranch.

I have been offered some aviation aerial flares - Hmmmmmmm
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Postby goathead » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:02 am

As of yesterday morning.

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Postby Sham » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:36 am

goathead wrote:As of yesterday morning.

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:D

This is the most beautiful sight I have seen in years. The surface is a perfect, hard and crackly finish for bikes and art cars.
Thanks for the effort to get this picture and thanks for sharing!!! :D
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Postby **burn** » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:38 am

Do you know if the stuck vehicles and airplane made it out?
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Postby goathead » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:44 am

Last I heard the plane was still out there, but I thing they got the RV's out.
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Postby wedeliver » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:12 am

I wonder if the process of chosing an area to hold the festival needs to be adjusted to accommodate changes in the playa surface.



This is the most beautiful sight I have seen in years. The surface is a perfect, hard and crackly finish for bikes and art cars.





It looked great last year until people drove on it.

as you can see even the dunes get a nice "hard crackly finish"

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Please be aware that the above photos were from either 2000 or 2001

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Postby SilverOrange » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:44 am

goathead wrote:As of yesterday morning.
:D


Now I feel like emulating jkisha!
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Postby ygmir » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:49 am

SilverOrange wrote:
goathead wrote:As of yesterday morning.
:D


Now I feel like emulating jkisha!


just remember the difference between "emulation" and "emasculation".........
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Postby SilverOrange » Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:54 am

ygmir wrote:
SilverOrange wrote:
goathead wrote:As of yesterday morning.
:D


Now I feel like emulating jkisha!


just remember the difference between "emulation" and "emasculation".........


Don't worry, I haven't been drinking yet.
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Postby ygmir » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:07 am

SilverOrange wrote:
ygmir wrote:
SilverOrange wrote:
goathead wrote:As of yesterday morning.
:D


Now I feel like emulating jkisha!


just remember the difference between "emulation" and "emasculation".........


Don't worry, I haven't been drinking yet.


well,
head over to the bar, it's always open.........
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Postby phil » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:37 pm

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Postby phil » Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:38 pm

From sfslim's twitter file:

Playa-bound this weekend? Please note that the Empire Store is currently as bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard. Plan accordingly.


Don't know how long that will last, but keep it in mind.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:38 pm

They have plenty of Beer and Booze and Bacon, just not enough for 50,000 people yet.

You can get everything you normally would get there, except Burning Man Teeshirts and calendars.

Not supporting them is not going to help thier situation out at all.
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Postby LostinReno » Tue Jun 30, 2009 9:16 pm

mojo wrote:OED - I'm going too to work with greeters - wish I had access to good fireworks - is there a good place to look for them on the way????

All we can get here is the crappy "safe and sane" stuff.

I haven't been there in a couple of years but the Schurz, NV store used to have a great selection of fireworks. If you were coming up 95 through Nevada you will pass it if you blink, Schurz is more or less the 95/95 alternate junction turnoff. There is a mini mart there, the fireworks were stored and sold in a makeshift container/trailer next door. I have no idea who to contact if they are still there though.
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