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by viajera80
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Etiquette for un-joining a camp with dues?
Replies: 34
Views: 6650

Re: Etiquette for un-joining a camp with dues?

Way to go Dr. Pyro! Barbie Death Camp and Wine Bistro has been around forever. Long before "plug and play" was even uttered.
by viajera80
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Guidelines to orient my camp?
Replies: 29
Views: 2843

Re: Guidelines to orient my camp?

During most years the wind will pick up from the WSW, but there have been some years when a freak storm comes in during the afternoon or evening and strong winds can hit from the NE. Be prepared for those as well.
by viajera80
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:29 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?
Replies: 43
Views: 5927

Re: Anyone traveled Route 50 across Nevada?

Hwy 50 through NV is one of my all-time favorite drives. It's very empty and it might even be really green this year with all the rain and snow we got this winter and spring. Nevada is a huge state and the drive might take you about 8-9 hours. There are very few towns (about every 200 miles or so) a...
by viajera80
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:16 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: where to get bikes in reno
Replies: 10
Views: 2152

Re: where to get bikes in reno

The Reno Bike Project can sell out early, according to their website:

http://www.renobikeproject.com/index.ph ... man-bikes/

Right now the Wal-Fart stores have a bunch of cruiser bikes sitting outside, but get there as soon as you can. You will pay about $80-$150 for a bike.
by viajera80
Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:14 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Car Camping, and why my friends suck
Replies: 43
Views: 5391

Re: Car Camping, and why my friends suck

Maybe stick with the initial RV rental and find two or three nice veteran Burners who need a ride/place to crash? You may end up liking them more than your "friends."
by viajera80
Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:58 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Freeways in Reno
Replies: 15
Views: 1865

Freeways in Reno

In true Reno fashion, there is a lot of construction work happening on the two freeways that run through town. I'm not sure how far along they will be around the end of August, but here's the skinny so far: Coming from the West on I-80 the lanes narrow around downtown Reno. Traffic has been gnarly h...
by viajera80
Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tent in Tent?
Replies: 29
Views: 3320

We have used an REI Alcove with wind walls at BM for five years with great results. It makes a nice shade and blocks most of the wind and the dust. Putting an air mattress or a tent inside this shelter might work. It really only fits 2-4 people, though. You can order it through REI and have it deliv...
by viajera80
Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Best Camp Marker
Replies: 46
Views: 5719

:) I know, I know. I'm not a virgin, but this will be our first year with a marker. Anyone had any luck with weather balloons?

I don't want to depend on just the playa info computer bank. The marker will also be for the people in our camp who are virgins.
by viajera80
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:58 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Best Camp Marker
Replies: 46
Views: 5719

Best Camp Marker

This year we will have camp members coming in later in the week. What do you all find is the best way to mark your camp? Weather balloon? Flag?
by viajera80
Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:44 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: car tent tarp combo
Replies: 13
Views: 3242

I agree with AntiM, go with a drop cloth or even some large garden netting instead. Tarps block the light, but they also catch the wind and flap around and make a racket that might keep you up at night (if the music doesn't).
by viajera80
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bicycle advice (I'm a newbie!)
Replies: 39
Views: 5956

Great bike! Yes, pad the seat as much as you can with a pillow, foam or fur. After miles of bouncing on a plastic seat, you will get "bike butt", rashes and sores. For the tennis ball on the kickstand, cut a small slit in the ball and fill it with GOOP or other sealant and then stick it on the kicks...
by viajera80
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: how to protect my car? <--- Nooooob!
Replies: 45
Views: 5990

Last year for my third burn, I took my new Sportage. Yes, it got dusty on the outside, but stayed pretty clean on the inside. Keep everything closed up, don't run your air conditioner and put on clean clothes before leaving BRC. If there is dust on it when you get home, just be proud and show it off...
by viajera80
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:10 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Crashing out on the 395
Replies: 24
Views: 2777

The drive up through Mono and Inyo Counties on 395 is really stunning. If you have time to stop, do so at Mammoth, Convict Lake, Mono Lake, Lee Vining, and the hot springs around Mammoth and Bridgeport. There are campgrounds and rest areas all along the highway where you can stop.
by viajera80
Mon Aug 09, 2010 10:12 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: EZ-Up Tents on the Playa
Replies: 17
Views: 7170

Try the REI Alcove, mine has survived four years of pretty bad winds (esp. 2007 and 2008) and it's still wonderful. Get it with the windwalls and it will really only run you about $150. It's not very big, but when I stake it with 18 inch rebar stakes and so some reinforcement with duct tape it hardl...
by viajera80
Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:03 am
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: pair of cheap goggles recommendation
Replies: 43
Views: 7831

Re: BMX Goggles?

[quote="dewnorth"]What do BMX riders use?[/quote]

Yes, anything worn by BMX riders or other bikers who are in the wind a lot work great. Avoid the spongy foam seal though, and look for a rubber seal.
by viajera80
Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Realistic non-cooler based menu planning
Replies: 178
Views: 83024

Just a note on the more popular items like Tasty Bites and other packaged Indian food. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods ran out of them very quickly last year. :roll: So keep your options open. Check out the local Grocery Outlet in Reno. They have some fun things and good fruits and veggies.
by viajera80
Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: I-80
Replies: 34
Views: 3672

Yep. Typical summer in Reno. There is quite a lot of construction going on. Parts of 395 are 55 miles an hour even though it doesn't look like anything is being repaired or built. It's speed trap central. Be sure to slow down.
by viajera80
Wed Jun 09, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Question about your shade structure and hauling it.
Replies: 19
Views: 4620

I am the writer of the ehow post above and yes, I have brought my teardrop to five Burns. I sleep wonderfully in it. It does get a little hot during the day, but it works well to keep one door/window (facing the sun) covered up with aluminum foil and then keep the other door open for fresh air. I so...
by viajera80
Thu May 27, 2010 10:57 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Best Shower Design for those wanting a more fancy shower?
Replies: 45
Views: 20076

I really liked my shower design last year, but it is really only good for a few people and I'm sure I will continue to make it better. I took a 3 foot 3/4 inch rebar stake and staked it about 1 foot into the Playa. I then took a 6 foot length of 1 inch metal conduit and slipped it over the top of th...
by viajera80
Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Shade structures (how to make) (help a burning virgin out?:)
Replies: 14
Views: 5600

I have used an REI Alcove shade structure with the windwalls for four years now at BM and it does great every year (even in the horrible winds of 2007 and 2008). Under that I would skip the tent and just set up a nice air mattress and your living/cooking/ eating area. I think the Alcoves and the win...
by viajera80
Thu Jan 14, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: food
Replies: 123
Views: 44482

Kern's, Kern's, Kern's! I buy one of those giant packages of Kerns Nectar juices and freeze half of them. Those become our "ice" for the ice chest until they defrost. The other half are just drunk the first two days or so while we get used to the heat. Pre-cook and prepackage all food. Eat well, the...
by viajera80
Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Driving from GA - Renting trailer, RV, flat bed... Advice?
Replies: 27
Views: 4254

It should be a great trip! As for the "real camping" aspect. That will be fine on your way out to the Playa, but once you are out here...tent camping sucks. If you can find some way to protect your stuff, bed and body from the dust and heat, DO IT! That might mean sleeping in a vehicle or truck.
by viajera80
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: another shade question
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

We have used our REI Alcove the past two years (big wind years) and it has done great. Use 15 inch rebar stakes and orient the short ends toward the wind. 2009 will be first year we are using the wind walls, these will be mostly for shade, so I will orient it the same way.
by viajera80
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:34 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Travel Delays on I-80?
Replies: 59
Views: 13291

395 north and south is one of my all-time favorite drives. The scenery is fantastic and it drops you right into Carson City. From there, don't go on 50, just stay on 395 into Reno and then get onto 80 East. When going through Carson, stop at Red's Old 395 for excellent food and beer and wave to me i...
by viajera80
Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:30 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Please help me for Bernie Man! My 87 y.o. Uncle may come
Replies: 38
Views: 6219

:D Love it! I took my 75 year old mom in 2007 and she had a great time. However, she did not understand the map directions or where things were located. Show him where you are camping on the map and mark it for him. Have him carry the map with him at all times and in case he gets lost, have him show...
by viajera80
Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:25 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Feedback on this Coleman Shade Structure
Replies: 12
Views: 4507

Shade Structure

For the hellacious winds of 2007 I had an REI Alcove Shelter that I staked down with 15 inch stakes and also tied it to my car. When the first big winds hit, I was not near the shelter and I got really scared that it had taken off, but when I got to it, it was barely moving. It ROCKED! It keep us co...

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