Shadow on the Playa
Shadow on the Playa
Part of my Gerlach Dash 2005 photo set.

Last weekend I flew in Air Sailing's annual Gerlach Dash. It's an informal contest where glider pilots launch from the Air Sailing gliderport in Nevada and fly to the Black Rock Desert (home of Burning Man).

The day turned out to be weaker than anticipated and I was one of the pilots who didn't make it to the desert. I landed back at Air Sailing and drove up. I'm sort of glad I did, too. I got to see the nearby terrain up close and know where else I can and cannot land in the future. I also got to drive around the beautiful Pyramid Lake.

Once I arrived in Gerlach and had dinner with the rest of the group, a couple of us headed out to the Black Rock to pick up the gear they'd brought up in anticipation of my landing. I wanted to shoot some pictures but it was getting dark, so I decided to do that on Sunday morning.

I'm glad I waited. In good daylight conditions, the desert is an impressive place. Standing out on the playa, you really do get a sense of how large and barren it is out there. I like it.

The rest of my pictures are in my Gerlach Dash 2005 photo set.

Posted by jzawodn at August 19, 2005 08:00 AM

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