enter the playa without a GPS (Global Positioning System)
Farm party again tonight. Tom was driving, he knows the way. No
need to bring my GPS, or my flashlight, or my camera just
another night at the Frog Farm (Garret Ranch). It's just straight
across the playa from here. No way to get lost or is there?
were about 30 minutes into our 25-minute trip when it became obvious
that the dust storm had played a trick on us. Up until that time,
Tom was confident we were on the right track.
we finally stopped, we got out and surveyed the landscape amid the
dust. What some were presuming to be the lights of the party were
probable the lights of Sulfur Mine. Lurch's compass confirms it;
we had been traveling north, not east. We were looking out at the
'96 event site, and headed for Black Rock Spring.
you can't just correct you heading on the playa and go as the crow
flies. No, If you stray from the ruts we call roads, you could easily
get stuck in the sand or mud on the shores of the lakebed. The only
thing to do was to turn around, go straight back, and start over.
we weren't alone. Still 2 of the 6 cars that were following us had
kept on our trail. Once we turned around, we found yet 3 more cars
passing us the other direction, confident they were headed to Frog
after a 3 hour tour, the party was still going, the firedancers
just starting, and a new pool needed to be dipped in.