Virgin Burner here. I’m very interested in going this year, but I doubt I’ll be able to swing it. I’ve done so much research: shelter, food, joining a camp vs camping on your own, how to reduce the amount of MOOP you produce. Most importantly for me: radical self reliance and radical inclusion.
i’ve always wanted to go - i have several friends who go every year - but with one huge caveat: that i become very wealthy so that i can have someone drive me to and from a luxury hotel to attend the festivities whenever i want. because art? parties? music? weirdos? totally. but camping in the desert? lol no.
I’d like the art part of it but I don’t like crowds, noise all night, the desert, or dust. That’s why I chose “hell”. Oh, and being stuck in a line of cars for seven hours trying to leave. I had a coworker who’d go every year. He gave us a really nice slideshow of the awesome installations every time he got back.
It turns out that our church has a Christmas-tree bonfire the first Sunday after the Epiphany every year - sort of like Burning Man but without the desert, art, cool people, parties, and music. On the other hand it’s free, parking is convenient, and the coffee isn’t as bad as it used to be.
Your version of hell is my yearly vacation. The desert dust is a condiment it reaches everywhere (yes everywhere) and we love it. I start planning it around this time each year and give myself about 3 months off after Burning Man and start again.