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by Andrei Rublev

A three weeks RV trip visiting places in South-West USA including a few days at the Burning Man festival. Three girls, three boys.

The plan so far is to cruise the desert for 10 days starting from LA around Aug. 20 before hitting Burning Man. We don't intend to stay the whole week at the festival, just the last three/four days. Back in LA around Sept. 10.

For this trip we're going to rent a class A RV. Of course the Web's our main tool for looking for an RV. My AltaVista search: +rv +rent +california is very promising (10K+ pages found) (suggest a better search)...
Here are the RV sites that we liked so far (no order):
- Some rental prices from
The rental period is approximately August 20 - Sept 10, 1999.

Suggest an RV (type A) rental site (URL) or company (name and phone number) in or near LA.

Places we'd like to visit and things we'd like to do (in no particular order):
- Joshua Tree, Ca.,
- Death Valley,
- James Turell's piece at Roden Crater near Flagstaff, Az.,
- land art (especially earth works),
- works by Michael Heizer other than Double Negative (see below),
- 1955-75 architecture (private residences, public spaces, etc.) architects such as Pierre Koenig, Albert Frey in Palm Springs and John Lautner (if you leave in a house built by one of the architects mentionned and are willing to let us visit it please let us know),
- FLLW's Taliesin West,
- Lloyd Wright's "Institute of Mentalphysics" in 29 Palms,recommended by Tony Merchell (tm at
- The Integratron in Landers, Ca.. The Integratron is a 38-foot high, 50-foot diameter, non-metallic structure designed by the engineer George Van Tassel as a rejuvenation machine. Van Tassel was a legendary figure, a former test pilot for Howard Hughes and Douglas Aircraft, who made his home in a cave hollowed out under nearby Giant Rock. Van Tassel led weekly meditations during the 1950s, which he claimed led to UFO contacts. He said UFO channelings and ideas from Nikola Tesla and other pioneers in the field of electromagnetics led to the unique architecture of the Integratron. He spent 18 years constructing the building. recommended by Tony Merchell (tm at
- the rather apocalyptic Salton Sea east of Palm Springs. recommended by Tony Merchell (tm at
- troglodyte architecture (not only Anasazi ruins)
- natural parks,
- a Dune rave in the California desert.

Places we've already visited:
- Double Negative by Michael Heizer near Overton in the Nevada desert,
- Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt,
- Arcosanti by architect Paolo Soleri in Az.
- Lightning Field by Walter de Maria near Quemado, NM.,
- James Turell's Roden Crater near Flagstaff, AZ., but couldn't get in.

Suggest related places for us to visit and/or comment on our choices. Please be as precise as possible.

Print references for this trip:
- Beardsley, John _Earthworks and Beyond_ New York: Abbeville Press, 1989.
- Escher, Frank, Ed. _John Lautner, Architect_ New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1998.
- Steele, James and Jenkins, David _Pierre Koenig_ London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1998.

Burning Man
Burning Man '99 is a temporary art community, created in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. An experiment in radical self-expression, now in its 15th year, it will be held Monday, August 30th - Monday, September 6th. Participants must bring all necessities for survival - including water, food & shelter. There is no commercial vending at this event. We ask that you tread lightly on the desert and Leave No Trace when you depart.

Tickets are $65 until April 15th, 1999. $85 until July 31st, 1999. And $100 from August 1st until the gate.

Visit for any additional info. The site is rich and pleasant to navigate.

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