It was windy; so much so that we feared it would be like last year when the Burning of the Man was delayed by a couple of hours. Short white outs were happening. We decided to leave early...BEFORE the burn. This is serious. Well, we have seen many burns, extremely close up, from afar, and in between. It can be downright scary, especially when the wind creates fire vortexes like fire tornadoes. But the Burn is the catharsis. It is why a lot of people go to Burning Man. For others it is the cycle of life: birth, life, death, rebirth. I am not sure what it is for me; maybe that is why I still go. I go to see the art. People create the most amazing things.
When you leave early, you not only miss the Burning of the Man on Saturday, you miss the Burning of the Temple on Sunday (which we have never seen). But by leaving early, you can get off the playa in 20 minutes. Think of that!