Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Mirror Falls Into A Vat of Bright Paint

If you've been reading this blog lately, you know I've been preparing for a trip.

Spent tonight breaking down the museum so it can be packed into a truck tomorrow.

There are wooden stakes in the car. Sleeping bag, tent. Items for a makeshift altar. Coolers ready. Containers of filtered water, and empty containers to be filled in Reno. Clothes suitable for temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 120 degrees and all points in between. Food. Beer. Kitchen items - our camp, which will range from 8 to as many as a dozen people over the week, will have a decent kitchen. Tools and essentials for camping in windy conditions. Zafus and moktaks for sharing Zen practice. Ukulele.

The truck is going to head up the 5 but my car is looking towards the 395 and a possible visit to an important, albeit painful historical site in the Owens Valley.

Check back here around the 4th of September, and there may be some kind of account of the adventure, maybe even some pictures. There may be nothing to say, as is often the case with zen retreats. My plan for Burning Man is actually similar to the attitude going into retreat: no plan, no opinion, no condition, no situation. Great round mirror falls in a huge vat of bright paint.


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