Florida Burning Man: Afterburn 2008

We stumbled around some more camps, finding a Hookah Lounge, some other party favors, a trampoline (that we were in no shape to be using), but still managed to climb and jump on this thing. Right about this time, we decided that if we didn't head back to Camp Love...it was gonna get ugly. Neither one of us were really in any condition to be doing anything else at that point besides lying on a air mattress in a little tent listening to the sounds of rave like house music pumping through the whole entire Camp. 


We awoke to the sounds of some nice electronica house music. Exiting Camp Love, we headed to The Church of Immaculate Consumption featuring Bloody Marys from 8 am until whenever.  We walked around, making our way through the different themed tents: Seven Deadly Sins Lounge which featured a wheel with different spins which whatever you landed on, you had to do. You either got whipped, spanked, paddled, had to do a shot, drink the punch or got a choice spin. We also came across a costume tent where you could add, borrow and trade different things.

At 4:20 sharp, another camp served up wine and cheese... where else can you find a wine and cheese tasting at 4:20 sharp? There was even a Coffee Lounge where java flowed 24 hours a day.   


There was so much to look at: Themed tents, costumes, naked people (who shouldn't be naked) and all the other things that were happening just within our group. Day quickly turned into night and things really heated up -- literally -- with a large, burning finale of a hastily-built wooden shanty with fire dancers all around it while it burned to the ground... everyone being very careful not to burn their oh- so not trimmed pubic regions. (yes, some of them were naked).   

It was a great experience to camp out and be reduced to the elements for a few days. The people there were some of the nicest people we've ever met and we even made some new friends. And we really can't complain about that one bit -- it's all about making new friends and allowing yourself to be free. Afterburn follows suit with other similar freedom festivals such as Burning Man and Alchemy.   

Am I going back? Absolutely.  I'm addicted.

Heard about Florida's Afterburn? I hadn't, but asked CL'er Elke Lockert to report back: 

"About 24 of us arrived on Friday to a very special greeting at the Maddox Ranch gate near Lakeland, where they asked us to get out of our vehicle, explained what MOOP was and gave us a spanking. Ok, this is cool, we are all about this experience, so we were like, whatever. Costumes, wigs, whips, tricks, gifts, food, 200 jello shots, our camp gear and anything else you can think of for an adventure...oh, and did I mention alcohol?  Between all of us, we had every kind of it imaginable... we could have probably opened a bar and set up shop for the weekend. 

We quickly set up Camp Love, made a cocktail, got into a costume and made our way around the scene, easily changing from one to costume the other or one wig to the other. It was hard to actually keep everyone straight since no one really looked like themselves.  After making our way around and exploring different things, we came across a girl named Lizzy who had this really cool teepee-style tent... a good place to have an unplugged session. We quickly gathered up some of our peeps, sat on the floor and had a little J-love acoustic concert. 

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