Today’s Wheel of Adventures has stopped at 2007, so here we go, to a creative adventure in the desert with Bob Gurr.
The Nevada desert in August every year attracts over 50,000 very special folks to a hot dusty barren dry lake bed completely devoid of any amenities – not even weeds will grow there. Why special? They call themselves “Burners”, they’re headed for Burning Man, the crazy art festival bacchanal-like annual gathering. Naturally being a Disney designer I just had to go see this wild thing first hand in 2007. I instantly was transformed into a Burner and returned in both 2010 and 2011. I made a GurrVideo Production of the 2010 event.
Since 1986, Burning Man has become an artist’s mecca every year. Search any internet source for a vast fund of history and explanation of just what Burning Man really is. You’ll learn way more than I can tell you in this quick True-Life Adventure tale. But a general overview; 100% of everything one will need must be brought in, and 100% of everything left afterwards must be removed. There are no utilities, no power, and no basic human needs beyond rental porta-potties and ice for purchase.
There’s nothing commercial to buy or sell, everyone brings gifts to share – it’s a one week commune. Nothing is paved, the ground is powdered dust which blinds everything when winds roar, turns to slippery mud during thunderstorms. It’s hot, cold, calm, and dust storm with little warning. In between, Burning Man is the most magical and serene times I’ve ever experienced. Few conventional humans would ever think of going, but once there, it’s in your heart forever. I won’t even try to explain further. Just view the 2007 photos and enjoy the 2010 video.
In the end, they burn the man. 😉
Have any of you visited Burning Man? If not, have you thought about it?
Next time on Bob’s True-Life Adventures – we sail the Caribbean on the biggest ship at sea.