Burning Man

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Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper
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@echomomm:  the link you posted says 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.  not 15.

 

it could have been a typo, but i wouldn’t want people to see your comment, who didn’t read the article and have inaccurate information

 

Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
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If you want the arts-and-music festival atmosphere without the “complications” of Burning Man, you may want to look into the annual Bumbershoot festival in Seattle. Late August/early September is the most fantastic time of year to be in Seattle weather-wise, and it’s just an excellent, well-run festival with loads of stages, acts of all sizes, and a ton of performance and visual art.  It’s also a lot easier to physically get to than Burning Man, and you’ll be able to sleep in a hotel instead of a campground, plus plenty of real indoor bathrooms, shade, and all the other creature comforts.  Plus, the concerts are spread out across a huge city park, and there are tons of shops and restarants all along the perimiter, so you can get real food and drink if you want a break from the shows.  People there are very chill and very nice.

http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/festivals/bumbershoot  It’s not happening in 2021 and there may be some event redesigns for 2022 but I expect it to continue to be excellent.

If anyone has a little disposable income, consider supporting Bumbershoot and its artists by purchasing some art from the online shop at https://www.onereel.org/stockup.  It’s really expensive to run a festival like this, and missing out on two years really hurts.

Post # 33
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@ajillity81:  Thanks for the correction. I can no longer edit. Sorry about the typo!

Post # 34
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Busy bee
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She created this thread to validate her opinion/choice not to get advice it looks like it

Post # 35
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@lauralaura123:  Sometimes the idea of something is more fun than the reality. Unless you are a multi-millionaire setting up a tent home with a/c and a toilet and some folks to help transport all the water and giant Yeti cooler you would want/need to be comfortable it sounds miserable to me. 

The Seattle festival suggested by a PP sounds a lot more flexible, comfortable and enjoyable. It’s nice to be able to leave when you’ve had enough and easy access to clean water, bathrooms and a clean, safe place to sleep is important (to me). 

Post # 36
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Have you done off grid camping where you pack literally everything in and out? If not, then I wouldn’t even consider it even barring all the other problematic issues.

Post # 37
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Bumble Beekeeper
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And wanting to go after seeing an art exhibit is odd to me. I was fascinated by a PBS show about a man who lived by himself in Alaska with his only contact with the outside world being several planes coming in each summer. But I recognize that a television show is worlds away from living that way.

Likewise with Burning Man. There is some amazing art and powerful creativity that comes from a place like that, but it is a different world  – one that most observers would be unable to comfortably join. Not everything is right for everyone, and it is wiser to recognize what is attainable for oneself. Push your boundaries by practicing no trace camping, attending multi-day festivals, living off the grid in extreme circumstances. And THEN decide if an experience like Burning Man is up your alley. 

Post # 38
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@tess90:  I believe OP’s reason: She saw a cool exhibit and was interested. Her fiance rightly told her it was not a good idea because of several factors, so she sought others’ experiences. OP and many people don’t understand the extremely grueling/intense details about Burning Man. I am certain I would not make it out alive…

Post # 39
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I haven’t been to Burning Man, so I can’t comment directly on that.

I do a lot of backcountry/wilderness camping. I think you would likely be able to do enough research before to make it through, if not comfortably.

From reading your other posts, I don’t think you are the type of person who would enjoy Burning Man. I know I’m not the type of person. 

I think my big takeaway about festivals is that they have a different atmosphere. It isn’t JUST about the music. 

My sister is a yoga instructor, and total hippy. I love my sister and don’t mind hanging out with her one on one, but I can’t take her entire group. They just irritate me. Everything they do/talk about just seems absurd/without purpose, and they think I’ve been eaten by the corporate monster.

Spending several days with drugged out people with totally different life values than me just to enjoy music sounds terrible.

Are you considering trying drugs? Despite my comments about my hippy sister and her friends, I don’t have an issue with recreational drugs and have dabbled from time to time. In a controlled environment, you might find mushrooms really interesting – you might get some of that art enjoyment you had at the gallery. I’ve never done so many mushrooms that I’m “tripping out” but enough that the trees seem like they are breathing and the clouds are making beautiful patterns. 

From your posts it doesn’t seem like you want to try drugs, so maybe reserach the “cultures” of other festivals to find one with great music and art that has less of a focus on radicalized living?

Post # 40
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Unless you regularly spend time living off the grid in the desert for fun, I would recommend sitting Burning Man out. Water alone weighs 8 lbs per gallon and you have to bring enough for yourself. How are you planning on providing for your needs when you have to cart everything to location? 

It takes a special type to enjoy Burning Man. I’d imagine that drugs make it more fun/tolerable/etc. 

Post # 41
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Helper bee
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Burning Man is not my scene whatsoever and I agree with the prior posters who said that it might not be a good fit for you. However, if you’re set on exploring this, I think there are smaller regional events (at least during non-COVID times). You might want to explore those as an introduction to the “real thing?” 

Post # 42
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Busy bee

Unless you’re ready to be surrounded by people doing coke while in the middle of an acid trip in 100+ degree weather, I don’t recommend it. The majority of people are there to partake in the aforementioned activities, not enjoy the music/art.

 

Post # 43
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@bouviebee:  people also don’t understand that they have to cart everything home too. There are no trash cans. There are no showers. Every single piece of trash you create has to be taken with you (and not to a nearby town, either). This includes all one’s grey water (including all water used to wash yourself and your food, melted ice, etc.), rotten leftovers, and emergency poop bucket. Unless you have the means to pay for someone to do it for you (which is pretty contrarian to the Burning Man ideals, anyway), the clean up and drive home is pretty gross.

And then you have to clean the alkaline dust out of everything you took – your car, your bike, your clothes, your camping gear, and yourself. It destroys everything unless you clean it very well with vinegar (or an air hose, in the case of your car engine).

Post # 44
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@zl27:  Any “festival” that requires someone to carry around their own shit is definitely not a place for me LOL.

Any canadians (or PNWers) heard of/attended Shambhala? This is what I picture as the canadian equivalent, but its still so far away from actual burning man. At least there is a river! 

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