After hundreds of miles of traveling the West Coast, we capped off our summer by attending Burning Man!
What is Burning Man?
It’s hard to capture its essence in words. Burning man is an annual gathering that takes place in a remote corner of the NW Nevada desert at a place called Black Rock City. The “city” is a temporary metropolis that is created entirely by participants of the event and completely disappears after the festival ends. There are a number of distinct principles that serve as guidance for participants. Some things that make this event stand out are it’s commitment to non-consumerism and the requirement that each participant practice “radical self reliance”. It’s also an amazing place filled with creative art, costumes, structures, music, workshops, and things to interest people of just about any persuasion, age, or background.
As part of the whole self-reliance thing, we had to show up completely prepared to survive 10 days off-grid in uniquely harsh desert camping environment. Having a good deal of time boondocking under our belts, we weren’t the least-prepared first-time Burners. Still though, there’s a lot we could’ve done better. The good news is that we toughed it out and came away with plenty of notes on how to make a better camp next time.
Dust storm in BRC.
Post Burning Man
Though we tried to keep it out, by the end of the week the Playa dust covered every surface of our bus. After Burning Man, we spent over an hour at a car wash in Reno power washing all of the dust off the bus’ exterior. Cleaning the interior was another beast, and took us about 12 hours to wash everything inside the bus with a white vinegar solution. Four loads of laundry later and all traces of the Playa were gone.
After 10 days in the desert, we were very ready for a chance of pace. So, after picking up our pets from their boarding facilities in Reno, we headed to Lake Tahoe and spent a week enjoying the cool, clear waters, and lush forests.
Would we go back?
Despite all of the prep work required and the harsh conditions, the answer to this question is a resounding HECK YES!