Oh yeah. I went to Burning Man by myself and the road trip part of it was really awful. But I'm alive and healthy and that is no meaningless statement.
When my parents were mid-move, we had a running family joke that they couldn't find anything because everything was "all packed away!" It's kind of one of those "you had to be there" jokes, but now I have my own version, and it's one of those "gotta laugh to keep yourself from crying" type things.
Know where my hiking boots are? "In a van in California"
Know where my fuzzy pjs are? (It gets cold in the desert at night!) "In a van in California"
All my AA batteries? "In a van in California"
And so on and so forth.
It took me a week or two to realize that it wasn't *just* my camping gear I'd left down in the van. It was a lot of little things that I now didn't have access to. Brand new, ultra awesome scissors? "In a van in California" The good flashlight? "In a van in California" Oh, and my bike???? "In a van in California" Sigh.
Most of the things I can do without right now, or buy a replacement if it's not too expensive (like the batteries) but the hiking boots I'm missing and the fuzzy pjs I had to replace. *dramatic sigh*
The van, by the way is still in the process of being repaired. And once that occurs it will be a matter of figuring out how to get her back to this part of the world and then going from there (in terms of keeping or selling to recoup costs, etc.)
I am trying not to be nervous about the state of my gear. I know it is safe where it is, the mechanics have assured us of that, but I don't know the van well enough to know if she leaks and I've never not washed and cleaned my playa-fied gear right away. But, in the vein of retraining my mind and brain and thought patterns and habits, I'm doing my best not to worry about what *might* be and will just deal with whatever it is I come across when that time comes. (sigh)