It will be our 12th year as Northwest Mist. We were invited to be on the Esplanade for the second year in a row! Maybe this will be our home for years to come.
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Our 11th year as Northwest Mist was "Radical". This year, without asking, we were invited to be on Esplanade. We can now say that Northwest Mist has become one of the great camps to have the privilege of being on Esplanade.
We had huge success with a gofundme this year to help fund the water needed for the misting tent on the Esplanade. We couldn't have done it without our generous supporters!
The man being built for the week
Misty Pearl all lit up and ready to go out
Our 10th year as Northwest Mist was out towards the edge of the city. It’s been a great ride so far. Wade, Diana and Mike greatly appreciate all that our members have brought to the camp over the years.
While Jared, Brian and I were waiting in line at the DMV a gentleman drove by in his slipper car, stopped and presented us with a package as an award for excellence. So cool to be recognized for all our hard work. - Diana
Year 9 saw the addition of another mutant vehicle to the Northwest Mist fleet.
The Misty Pearl, a 14 person junk inspired boat with a large red sail and a dragon figure head made her debut.
The year of the opening event - rain. Year two in the portal on 3 o'clock.
Year two of the Phoenix. The Lady providing transport for the Organic Produce camp.
This year we were placed in the 3 o’clock keyhole on the corner of the pedestrian road. Our numbers swelled to 49 and the misting tent was crowded most of the week.
We also added a new, mutant vehicle to our camp called the Phoenix.
The Fanny Pack from England brought class to the playa.
We’ve been known to eat well.
After 2 years close in, Placement once again put us deep in the city on the outside of the 3 o’clock road. Again it was a quite year with little foot traffic. Wade decided we needed our own kitchen tent so a new white 60/30ft commissary tent was added to the infrastructure. Word was out about Northwest Mist and we had 37 members that year.
The group grew to 27 in our fifth year. We had the best weather yet. No injuries or forgotten MV parts as well. A new much larger commissary/kitchen tent was borrowed for year 5.
On Sunday before the event we participated in “Feed the Artists” with white table cloths and all of us dressed for the occasion. And the Lady sailed again.
Sue and Sandis created the largest ice sculptures seen on the playa. And Mist decorated bodies.
Year 4 had an eventful start. It was very cold set up weather with a major wind storm that rearranged our cooking tents and finished with rain on opening day. Just when you think you have it all under control… Before we even started to set up camp, Wade became patient #1 at Rampart that year with a broken collar bone. Mike and Diana forgot a major part of the mast support for the Lady Washington and the speakers in the Misting Tent blew out requiring a trip into Reno.
Windy Saturday forced an on playa quick re-do of the kitchen layout. It was also time to get branded. Diana’s sister Joanne was commissioned to develop our logo.
Stormchylde added banners with Pacific Northwest drawings.It was also time to put together a more cohesive décor for the misting tent. Diana sewed 80 feet of tree trunks with the intent of creating the feeling of a grove of trees.
Year 4 had us investigating options for nighttime activities in the misting tent with “80's night at Northwest Mist”. And the Lady cruised the playa again.
After 2 years of close in addresses, Placement decided to put us further out and on the other side of the 3 o’clock main road. Our street traffic was significantly reduced and we ended up with lots of extra water. It was also the year of almost constant dust storms. The upside was the jam sessions that took place with the neighborhood musicians in the new red striped misting tent.
After several years with the Costco carports, it was time to update the misting tent. The old carports became part of the upgrade to the kitchen.
For our second year we were asked to join with other camps to form the “Redirection Connection Village”. Though reluctant to be absorbed by a much larger camp, we found that we could maintain our individual identity while enjoying the benefits of a neighborhood bar and another large mutant vehicle. The prior year, Gallivant was across the street from us and they decided that we had to be part of their village. We found out that resistance was futile. We also made lifetime friends.
With the first mutant vehicle dismantled, it was time for the debut appearance of “The Ghost of the Lady Washington”. Diana had sketched out her ideas while waiting in the exodus line the prior year and with the help of Mike, Phil, Cary, Wade and a host of others, she was introduced to the playa. Based on a 2 person golf cart, it was now an 8 foot wide, 16 foot long, 17 foot tall sailing ship that could handle up to 8 people and fold up to be transported in the back of a horse trailer.
In the Beginning…
It all started one wet March night in Rosie’s hot tub. After several years of doing construction for another camp, Wade decided it was time to start his own. Mike and Diana had joined in the prior year and were on board with trying to put together their own theme camp as well. Several ideas were floated including a Northwest Brewery theme but while filling out the Burning Man theme camp application form they came across “misting” as an interactive activity and thus Northwest Mist was born.
The application was submitted and the invitation extended from the Burning Man organization so with 11 members, Northwest Mist arrived on the playa for its first year. With two Costco carports, 6- 55 gallon drums of water and a patio misting system strung under the ceiling, Northwest Mist opened its doors to any hot and dusty playa traveler who happened to walk by 3:15 and C. It didn’t take long before we knew we had a hit on our hands.
It was also the year for our first mutant vehicle. Mike and Diana had found their calling and a mobile living room called Solarus Motivus Maximus was brought to the playa. While it was a worthy first effort, it was not destined for a repeat appearance.