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Old 09-10-2009, 05:39 PM   #11
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So... I arrive in Black Rock City and I'm cruising gently (5 MPH, no dust) towards my camping spot when an official looking person flags me down and askes if this is Millicent? Yes, it is. Turns out, he is Elkoskoolie.

I never got around to visiting Elkoskoolie's Gillig, but I did meet up with Smashy and his red Blue Bird.

And a good time was had by all!
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:09 PM   #12
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Re: Burning Man 2009 -- Evolution!

Ok...all you burners. I have some questions?

First of all, I want to go in 2010. The wife has to "want to go" too, which may not be that easy. I have some psych ops in the works for that. I have read damn near everything possible concerning the event(mostly from the burning man sight). I have watched a s...load of you tube videos. I have seen hundreds of pictures. I think I have a fairly good idea of what it is and what it isn't.

I will not go if I don't think my bus will make the trip. I have no reason to believe so thus far. I am rigging and converting the bus to accomodate the rules set forth by burning man. The drive there and back is extensive, thus a major downer but enough of that.

Of all the information I have personally downloaded there still some things I need to know to maximize my experience. I really cannot tell where the best place to seek a camp would be. It is hard to tell from the pics and city layout I have seen. Where do the art cars cruise at? It seems the inner ring is the most dense and each ring out is less dense? The quietest area would be towards walk-in camping, which seems a long way from the main stuff. I guess what I am looking for is something close, but not too close. A spot where I could park the bus to block trade winds and have a view of art cars(there will be a deck on top) or other activity with a sunset or sunrise view possibly. i think I would prefer something on the edges. It appears all the art installations are towards the center and furthur out that direction.
I don't know anyone that goes to this. Im not sure i want to hook up with a group of people I do not know....or understand. That has the possibillity to be a real buzz kill.
Any thoughts are recommendations from the folks who have been there would be greatky appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any enlightenment you may be able to share.
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Old 10-18-2009, 01:22 PM   #13
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Re: Burning Man 2009 -- Evolution!

My advice is to stay with a previously established camp. It's a great way to meet new people, and to share resources. What i do, is have nearly everything i need to survive for the week so i am not a burden on the other campmates, and i always have something to share, like power from my gennie, or spare water, cooking utensils etc. I also find i always leave home without something i really should have....like aloe, or toothpaste. Camping with others is nice because there is always someone who brought 2 bottles of aloe or toothpaste or whatever.

You don't need to spend all week in/on your bus. Get out, adventure, go places. I find that Where i camp isn't really that important to my burning experience. The city really isn't that big. Biking is a good way to get somewhere fast, but walking is much more desirable if you like to talk and meet new people.

you can camp with people who live local to you. There are regional burner groups all over the world. burningman.com has the resources to put you in touch with your local burner group. Alternatively, you can search the bm message board in search of a camp. Some camps require camp fees to help pay for infrastructure. It costs a lot of money to put a good camp together. I think most of the noise is out at the ends of the city, like near 10 and 2. The further away from those areas you stay, the quieter you sleeping experience. Although foam earplugs are a great idea!
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Old 10-18-2009, 02:10 PM   #14
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Re: Burning Man 2009 -- Evolution!

Where you camp is partly a function of when you arrive. Closer in areas fill in FAST!! Look at previous event maps. Certain areas have different "vibes" Kidsville is usually at 5-5:30 near D, and the immediate area is a bit toned down. Alternate Energy and Hushville are also quieter areas. 2:00 and 10:00 are large scale sound, LOUD!! There also tend to be some loud camps near 8-9:00. Decide on a general area based on the above and your research, and when you arrive cruise the selected area and you'll find that spot that "Feels right!". Stop, get out, say hi to the neighbors then either set up or move on! Bring some kind of shade that is extreme wind stable, and lots of costume clothing.
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Old 10-28-2009, 10:16 PM   #15
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Re: Burning Man 2009 -- Evolution!

As mentioned already, it is not such a bad thing to be camped in the quiet areas. If you should find that it is TOO quiet for you, you will know how to fix that nest year!

The Mutant Vehicles spend much of their active time inside the inner circle street -- where YOU wil be also, much of the time. No problem.

Bring bicycles, or borrow them from me. Walking is fine also, except for the "Outer Playa" which is a bit far from the quiet end of town.

As for convincing the wife to join you in this adventure... keep in mind that Burning Man is definitely NOT for everyone.

To my mind, it is perfectly OK to camp by yourselves. You won't be lonely for long.
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That was really cool man..
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Thanks for sharing this .
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #19
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Well, I missed 2011, but hope to return this year.
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