The Cape is like Burning Man

Posted by Ted on Aug 1, 2006 in Burning Man, Travel

Liz and I just got back late Sunday night from spending a wonderful week down on the Outer Cape, with her huge extended family and friends in Truro.

it struck me while I was there just how similar the place is to Burning Man. there is desert, and a featureless expanse (of ocean instead of playa).

there is this large structure that can be seen for miles, marking a point where there is a metropolis, guaranteed to have at least something going on at any time of day or night (at least during the high season).

there is camping, including being woken up by the sun, and the gathering together of people to share in nature and just being together. there are fires, and there are lights in the night; stars above and the world below.

there are places you can go to be truly alone, surrounded by sky, sand, and ocean, giving one that being at the end of the world feeling, and in minutes, you can be among people of all descriptions enjoying life. did I mention plenty of drinking and good food?

there is plenty to do, including doing nothing, which we did a very relaxing amount of.

and there is the hard transition back to real life, missing the sounds; in this case of the ocean, the wind whistling, and the gentle sound of sap falling from the trees.

already looking forward to next year..

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Aug 1, 2006 at 11:26 pm


Sleeping has been so hard since coming back. I miss the sounds. I miss the scent of dried pine needles and ocean air. I miss our little campsite with our ever-popular lights. I miss the mourning doves and the shrub pines. I miss the seals and the ocean and sandbars at low tide. I might even miss the coyotes being so close to us.

I am so glad you loved it too.

Aug 2, 2006 at 1:50 am

Playa is, after all, Spanish for “beach”!

I love Cape Cod… my summers growing up were split between Chatham and the woods in Maine. :)

Aug 2, 2006 at 3:19 am

Welcome back! I still have your yellow picnic cooler that you dropped off to make room for Firefly stuff, and I think you still have my folding table. Tomorrow might work for the gym, but only in the afternoon if I can finish up in Woburn early, as I have evening plans in town.

Aug 2, 2006 at 5:03 am

Didn’t Burning Man originate on a beach, many long years ago?

Aug 2, 2006 at 1:46 pm