Photo by Christopher Michel

Photo by Christopher Michel

This trip of a lifetime began inauspiciously, as many of my trips do. I had never been to Burning Man and had no idea that my partner and I were in the lottery to get tickets (the event has become so popular that a lottery system was created to distribute tickets). Turns out that we were not only in the lottery, but we had hit the jackpot and were headed to the August 2012 festival in the Blackrock Desert of Nevada.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I heard that day in spring that we were going, but after doing some research online and at the library, I did learn I was headed to one of the hottest, dustiest, wildest art parties in the world. Beyond that it w