April 30, 2023

Ron Gilbert's Celebration of Life Ceremony

On 4/29/2023 a Celebration of Life Ceremony was held for the founder of Ron's log. It was held at the Cabot's Museum in Desert Hot Springs.

Many wore pink as Ron was famous for wearing pink, plus “pink” was his burner name. His his brothers were present as well as some of their family. Ron had friends come from his various circles and family, friends, and city leaders who spoke.

Here are some pictures submitted to us:

Friend Jeff Bowman was the officiant.

Jeff, Andrew, and Andy have been helping the family since none of the family lives local

Ron's brothers and family who were present standing in front of Ron's pink Burning Man trike

Some Ron pictures

Ron memorabilia


Afterwards the family allowed Ron's friends to take some of his ashes to bring to events that Ron attended like Burning Man, and the World Naked Bike ride Los Angeles.

We, the Friends of Ron's Log, will keep his memory and content here alive.

Please consider giving a donation in Ron’s name to the various organizations that he loved and wrote about. In town: DHSHistoricalSociety.org and CabotsMuseum.org

R.I.P. Ron "Pink" Gilbert

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October 3, 2022

Burning Man 2022

It was the harshest Burn I've been to, weather-wise that is. If I ignore the many-hours-long wind and rain that blew one early night and somehow fucked up the timing belt in my truck, and if I ignore the second intense night wind that destroyed my shade structure, the weather was really nice right up until the Gate opened for Burn week itself. Then the weather got hellish. You know I can tolerate trans-100°(F) temps, and I don't mind the dust storms much, but when you get both every afternoon, day after day, things begin to get tiresome. Nights were much better. I discovered to my great delight that I could walk for MILES at Burning Man and my legs wouldn't hurt a bit, thanks to the new hip joint. My feet still hurt, but both hips, both knees and both ankles were like teenagers (or at least as well as I can remember what my legs felt like as a teenager). Friday was the exception for night weather. I was on the other side of the city when a blinding dust storm came up. I tried waiting it out in the shelter of some camps, but this was not a short duration wind. I actually got lost. Too many street signs had been stolen and I could barely see half a block in any direction, so it was difficult to find any landmarks, and it was impossible to see which way the roads curved. Finally, I found the D road and followed it the long way around to 4:30 and back to Burner Buddies Camp. Trying to cross the inner playa in such a dust storm at night would have been pointless and probably dangerous. I thought being on D road would shelter me from some of the wind, and maybe it did, but cutting across the inner playa would have reduced the distance by about a third.

Here's my complete collection of photos from Burning Man 2022. Included in that collection are 116 photos taken by my friend Duee. He doesn't use any photo sharing site, so he gave me these copies to post on Flickr. This was Duee's first time at Burning Man, so you can see what caught the eye of this birgin.

Here are some of the photos:
Burning Man Ticket (1029)
This year's ticket
, shot by Duee.

Gate Road (1031)
Waiting on Gate road, Sunday morning
, also by Duee.

Rootpile (1032)
Just a couple of blocks away on 4:30 was Rootpile which had Bluegrass music every night
, and one night gave away pork roast, according to Duee, who took this photo.

Sunrise (2339)

Box Office (2296)
Box Office being set up
. This was five days before Bo Office would open and twelve days before Gate would open for general admission.

DPW Digging Postholes in Box Camp (0556)
Digging post holes for a shade structure in Box Camp
, where a lot of Box Office volunteers live.

Dusk (2293)
My camp

Morning On An Almost Empty Playa (2294)

Ol' Razorback (2297)
The view of Ol' Razorback Mountain from Box Camp
. My camp is barely visible in the distance, if you know where to look.

AirBox - Box Office at the airport (0561)
This is the Box Office at the airport and this was the first time I'd actually seen it.

Burner Buddies Camp (0572)
Burner Buddies setting up our rainbow arch

Empyrean Temple (0577)
Inside the Empyrean Temple

Empyrean Temple (0579)

My Trike (0564)
My trike

New Bikes For Burning Man (0552)
Showclicks, the company Burning Man hired to handle the software part of ticket sales, was all new this year and included many birgins
, and they all got brand new, shiny, clean bikes for the job.

Box Office (2320)
Box Office, a little more complete
, two days before it was set to open.

Gate Before Gate Opens (2321)
Gate, nine days before it opened for general admission

Art On The Playa (2771)

Owl at The Man (2786)

The Man (2778)

The Man (2814)

Empyrean Temple (2888)
The central spire of the Empyrean Temple

Empyrean Temple (2892)

El Pulpo Mecanico (2918)
El Pulpo Mecanico

Naked Pub Crawl (0592)
The Naked Pub Crawl
. The roads were in really bad shape this year, due to ill-timed rains. It was easier to walk.

Art Car (2950)

Burning Man 2022 (2999)

Watching The Burn (3002)
Watching the Man burn

Burning Man 2022 (3008)

Empyrean Temple (3086)
The Empyrean Temple ignited

Empyrean Temple (3092)
Watching the temple burn

Empyrean Temple (3105)

Waiting On Hwy 34 (0616)
My truck had to be towed off playa
. Burning Man pays tow companies to tow Burners this far - just to pavement on highway 34. Here we all are waiting for further tow service or repairs. I got towed to Sparks. During the first big night time wind storm we had, enough playa dust caked on my timing belt so that when I went to try to start it days later, the belt slipped. I got towed on Labor Day (Monday) and the shop in Sparks was able to fix it on Tuesday. Enjoyed a night in the Sparks Best Western and drove home the next day.

Pyramid Lake (0619)
Got a couple photos of Pyramid Lake from the tow truck

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September 30, 2022

Some Art At Burning Man

Waking Dreams: Burning Man 2022.

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September 26, 2022

Heavily Produced Video Of Burning Man 2022

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September 19, 2022

DHS to Burning Man

Video from my dashcam of my drive to Burning Man. Ignore the date/time stamp; it was set incorrectly.

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September 8, 2022

I'm Home

After Three Weeks On The Black Rock Desert Playa (2359)
After three weeks at Burning Man I arrived home last night with all my stuff, plus COVID. So, if you'd like to come by and taste some fairly fresh playa dust, that's fine, but no hugs or kisses for me.

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September 5, 2022

Leaving Burning Man

Burning Man Embrace (0326)
Most Burners will leave the Black Rock Desert today
, leaving behind the few who will remove all traces of Burning Man from the playa.

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September 4, 2022

Tonight We Burn The Temple

Burning of The Temple of Direction (5481)
This is the burning of the Temple Of Direction in 2019

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September 3, 2022

The Man Burns Tonight

The Man Burn 2017 (1718)
Looking through some art cars at the Man burning in 2017

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September 2, 2022

Getting Around On The Playa

Quadcycling (4197)

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September 1, 2022

The Man

The Man (2155)

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August 31, 2022

Dressing For The Playa

Alex & John (3017)
Alex & John, a couple of Burner Buddies, all set to go exploring the playa in 2016

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August 30, 2022


Lasers at Burning Man (2578)
Light show from one of the dance music art cars in 2017

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August 29, 2022

Rainbow Arch

Rainbow Arch (0300)

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August 28, 2022

Official Opening Day At Burning Man

Burner Buddies & Me - 2018
Here are some of my campmates in 2018
. Crouching, lower right, is Ed, one of our leaders. Ed passed away just last month, saddening us, and leaving us a bit less organized than we usually are.

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August 27, 2022

Populating Black Rock City

For the last couple of days, some of my Burner Buddies campmates have been here on early passes building our camp.
Jim and Rocket pumping water (0001)
Jim and Rocket pumping water in 2019

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August 26, 2022

The Crocodile

Crocodile (3716)

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August 25, 2022

The Plane

Crashed Plane (0291)

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August 24, 2022

The Bee

Bee in Dust (5151)

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August 23, 2022

Large Art Works Are Being Built On The Playa This Week

The Elephant (0435)
One of my favorites from 2019

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