A couple of years ago I was researching how to make my ice chest more efficient in extreme temperatures. I came upon a thread from the Burning Man website which had some excellent tips. I became intrigued by the name of this event and set out to research it further. I was blown away by all the preparation, effort, imagination and expense that people go through just to be able to participate in this weeklong festivity.
It is an event of grand magnitude that takes place in Black Rock City, Nevada in the middle of the desert. It is located on an old ancient lakebed, which is commonly referred to as the playa (it means beach in Spanish). People not just from the United States but from all over the world attend this annual gathering.
This is not for everyone. The environment is harsh from extreme high temperatures (it is the desert after all) to extreme nighttime drops; hurricane strength windstorms that cause white outs. This is also a leave no trace event, which means you, take everything you brought with you including your trash and gray water. Only amenity provided is port-a-potties.
If you are still reading this you are probably wondering, who would want to go there? I sure would!!! But due to circumstances beyond my control I am not able to do so at this time. However it will go in my list of things I would like to do before I die. Forgot to mention that it is a clothing optional event, and NO if I ever go I don’t plan on getting naked :D
Burning Man 2011 begins tonight at 12:01 a.m. and concludes on Labor Day. Here is a link to their web page:
Here is a link to pictures of past Burning Mans – if you are offended by nudity then perhaps you might not want to look at the various albums on this link.