Finding My Phoenix at Burning Flipside (A Regional Burning Man Event)

Flipside 2013 Burning Man

Imagine a community that accepts you wholly and completely. Or one that is a magical, whimsical world full of art and performance. Or maybe a place that you can find music 24 hours a day and people are begging you to come and join in on the fun. That place… is Flipside (our regional Burning Man event). It was almost a religious experience for me, and I’m not sure I could do it justice putting it into words.

Let’s just say that it nourished my soul and single-handedly made me jump back onto that Over Yonderlust horse after it was done. I had been inspired.

More than anything, it helped me let go of all the negativity that had been following us


Both literally and metaphorically, I watched the embers turn to ashes.

I was new.

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19 Responses to “Finding My Phoenix at Burning Flipside (A Regional Burning Man Event)”

  1. James June 22, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    I went to the New Zealand version of burning man. I get what you mean about it being almost religious! Great photos as well I find it so hard to photo fire.

  2. Maria June 22, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    But he was soo cool – then again, he did explode into light and flame with style! 🙂

  3. Raymond @ Man On The Lam June 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Sometimes, I like to burn things too. 🙂

  4. Alex June 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    I’m going to Burning Man for the first time this year. Eeek! This makes me excited 🙂

  5. Federico June 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Reminds me of the fallas in Valencia…

  6. Abby June 24, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    God, your technical skills with a camera are beyond. I love the Burning Man ritual of burning away the negativity. For now, I will have to settle with purging my closet.

  7. Diana Edelman June 24, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    STUNNING photos! I would love to go to something like that. Vegas had a burn once pre-Burning Man. But, it was only one thing they burned and so crowded you couldn’t see it!

  8. Digital Nomads June 25, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Never heard of “burning man” events before! From the photos, which are great by the way, it seems to be very emotionally.

  9. Randy Kalp June 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    Wow! What a scene. Love the play by play action shots of the horned T-Rex going up in flames. So glad to hear the festival helped rejuvenate your soul.

  10. Camels & Chocolate July 1, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I LOVE looking at photos of the Burn, but each time I’m convinced that event so isn’t for me!

  11. Kenin Bassart July 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    We definitely need to make it to a burning man event soon! Nice shots too!

  12. Stephanie - The Travel Chica July 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    Impressive photos and looks like so much fun.

  13. Meredith@GreenGlobalTravel July 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    This looks awesome! It’s like a battle ending in burning man. Love it!

  14. Global Nomad couple August 11, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    How much does it cost to participate?

    • Erica August 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

      I think last year it was 4 1/2ish days and $90/person. Super cheap when you think about it. That gives you portapotties, puts money towards to effigy, and the general infrastructure for putting an event up like that. Ice is $2/bag and they run for 4-5 hours a day. 🙂

      • Global Nomad couple August 12, 2013 at 10:26 am #

        Thanks for the information. We participated in a Rainbow gathering in Russia in 2005. Have you tried Rainbow gatherings? If you have, how would you compare Burning Man to Rainbow? The Russian rainbow was strictly non-commercial.

        • Erica August 13, 2013 at 10:55 am #

          We have no tried Rainbow Gatherings but I know a friend who swears by them. I think they may be a bit different with the demographic but have the same ideas. <3

          • Global Nomad couple August 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm #

            Try Rainbow someday and let us know how they were in comparison. We will go and see a Burning Man when there is one somewhere near.

            We linked your website from our website (the dock on the right side of the screen that visible in every page). Hope it will bring you readers.

            Happy travels!


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