Yes, I was very overwhelmed every year... and yes, there were more law enforcement officials on the playa this year than I've ever seen before. The camp across from us was raided with drug dogs. I ran into a lot of people who got busted, but as far as I know they all got tickets. It seems to be purely a profit motive.
Here's my batch of photos (nsfw, boobs):
So... we took our time coming home. I had a surprise rider at the last minute who was in a situation like mine... laid off, recently single, etc. Anyway, we checked out petroglyphs, Austin NV, and Moab on the way back. It took us a week to get back home. I was gone for 3 full weeks.
Polar Bear did really well except those JC Witney door seals I got. The doors are damn hard to close now. I think I need to puncture holes in them so the air escapes more quickly. I had hoped they'd settle in better but weeks in the desert sun weren't enough to get them to mold into place...
I'd tell more stories, but I'm kind of brain dead after editing all those photos... I also need to edit up my video clips from the trip.
Christopher might know what I mean, but it can be really hard coming back to the default world after a Burn.