This will be the first of most likely many posts related to Burning Man. What is Burning man you may be wondering… isnt that the drug fueled orgy in the middle of the desert where everyone is naked all the time? Isnt that the hippie festival where everyone is dirty and smelly because there are no showers?
The short answer: No.
The long answer: Sure…
Officially this is what Burning Man is: Once a year, tens of thousands [68,000] of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever. Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles.
Ultimately what it comes down to is following your own arrow. If you want to turn it into a drug fueled orgy, I’m sure that there are people there who will likely help you out. If you want to focus on the personal hygiene of other people then you will find all the dirty smelly people… But if you go with an open mind, ready to accept anything that is thrown at you and not judge with pre-conceived notions you will have the most amazing time.
Last year was my first burn and I had no idea what to expect. I had heard stories from both extremes, some people telling me how it is just one huge desert orgy to others saying how I will be completely miserable with the head and constant sand storms. Everyone who tried to prepare me for the BM experience had it completely wrong. It’s not something that you can prepare for. It’s something that you just simply need to experience and if you do, jump in feet first. Wear that tutu. Dont be afraid to be naked if the mood strikes. Ride out to the trash fence and contemplate what is beyond. But most of all be ready for nothing. Let it hit you and revel in it.