Last year's event was poorly organized from the getgo. They didn't announce the location till the last minute. It's worse this year. There is a post on Thier Facebook page regarding the restructuring for this year and a flyer for an October event in Nevada. The link to check in for the October event goes to https://skooliepalooza.com/
That just says the website is temporarily down. Odd.
We won't be traveling to the Nevada event. Too far and too much fuel to waste to get there and find out that they called it off and didn't notify anyone.
My biggest complaint is the lack of communication.
Last year there was very little information and then just an x marks the spot post a day or two before.
They obviously had problems the previous year with BLM that they weren't talking about. This lead to the sudden move to California. The Californian BLM wasn't happy about the large group showing up without a permit and ran us off. The return to the traditional site in Erensburg was probably supposed to have a gathering permit, which we did not.
No one bothered to post any sort of community guidelines which may have mitigated some of the issues that occured. One important issue being trash.
For those who are new to boondocking and for some who need to be reminded, when you have a gathering like this, in order to not have public lands closed to us, each us is needs to practice waste management.
Always have a trash receptive for your site. One that you take inside at night to keep animals from spreading it around is best.
Pack it in. Pack it out. Don't leave anything but tire tracks behind.
If you make a fire pit, unmake it before you leave. Don't burn things like plastic and cans in it. Don't burn wood with nails. if you do then use a magnet to pick up all your nails from the ashes.
Don't even leave an ash pile. Spread it around so that it all returns to nature. The biggest concern that public land management has about a bunch of nomads in school buses is the impact we have on the land.
We were located on the "loud" side of the gathering where the music pounded all night. We were really disappointed to see that a number of people who moved Thier sites around left a mess behind. that's not they way to make BLM and other public land managers happy to see buses coming.
On a more positive note, just a reminder that we are located on 40 acres of remote desert in SW New Mexico. If you are down this way or passing through and want to boondock for a couple of days. Give us a holler at Freedom Field Deming, New Mexico (you can Google this for contact information)
If you are looking for building space and community see our boondocking and building thread.