This Cocktail Hour will always be a memorable one. The hour was 5am. Some people went to bed and got up early for this one and some people stayed up real late. For me, trying to catch my first playa sunrise, it only seemed appropriate to go the distance.
I’ve learned there is a special kind of second wind when it comes to staying up very very late and its called the sunrise on the playa. We’ve all partied to the point of the sun coming up and its usually the signal to go to bed but when your on the playa is different. It’s cause for celebration. Its easily the most breathtaking sights I’ve ever witnessed. Imagine it. A thousand people hopped in their bikes to chase a literal Dusty Rhino towards the horizon. On top of that massive rhino is Tycho.
The ambient music is pounding out of this rhino but your not looking that direction, you’re facing east. At Burning Man theres no LED screen lined DJ booth demanding you attention. You’re not even sure if this is where you’re supposed to be but the secret is you’re always where you’re supposed to be. You’re surrounded by your fur clad family. A little delirious from not sleeping but it adds to the moment. You might be dreaming.
The sun rises and you just start walking towards it. People spill over the trash fence and it seems like you could walk forever. When the BLM streaks across the desert in their SUV and tells everyone to get back over the fence you just try and take it in while you can. I couldn’t take a picture that would do that moment justice so I didn’t try. Its something to be experienced. Just before you go someone starts a group hug and hundreds of revelers embrace in the warming sunshine skimming across the playa. Its then that you finally feel home.