The annual Burning Man will take place August 26 - September 2, 2013. Burning Man is held each year in Black Rock City (BRC), Nevada. BRC is a temporary city in the Black Rock Desert, a National Conservation Area controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The BLM recently issued Burning Man a four-year permit to continue holding the event. The permit allows for a peak population of 68,000, though the highest attendance so far has been 56,000.
Some of the problems with Burning Man are the lack of permanent facilities for power, bathrooms, sewage, trash collection, and public safety. Participants and the desert would be at risk without some oversight by BLM. Therefore, organizers will have to comply with more than 60 conditions with this latest permit.
Taking the bus is the environmentally friendly way to get to “the burn”. One of the permit conditions is for the event to arrange bus service to reduce traffic. The Burner Express will now be available to transport people from San Francisco and Reno to the event and back.
What is Burning Man?
The Burning Man website says, “Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.”
I have never been to a Burning Man, but others tell me it is a musical event, an art exhibit, and a place for personal expression. The temporary “city” is completely structured by a well-designed dirt road system in the middle of an alkali flat. Pitch a tent, live in your car, or bring your motor home for one week of living in the desert with thousands of free thinking friends.
The alkali flat or playa (geologic sink) that BRC sits on is usually hot and dusty. Cars, bicycles, and people get coated in a white chalky dust. The dust is just part of the experience I guess.