I've recently taken photos of it - if anyone's interested. Whether cold or hot, I highly recommend that everyone prepare for the loosest dustiest playa surface in at least the ten years I've gone out there. If you have any influence over the weather by praying or dancing or similar ritual, try for zero wind, because that's what it will take for this stuff to remain on the ground. You can go to my site to see the photos: http://blackrocktribe.com
and click on "2007 Playa Surface Condition."
Personally, I love a good sand storm. Makes things exciting. I'll never forget a HUGE sandstorm that hit me while I was riding my bike out on the playa in 1998. I stumbled into Biancas and was blinded. Fixed a cocktail and had a smoke and hunkered down to ride it out. I heard a strange sound, and I thought, no . . . IT CAN'T BE!!!
- - - but it was. The Burning Band with trombones, trumpets, tubas, and drums wearing goggles freakin' marched into the joint playing "Yes! We Have No Bananas."
They played three songs and marched back out there. I was dumbfounded.
I bought goggles the next year and defy the weather gods. If you are going, get goggles. Scott brand has some great products - but there are other brands. I bring a couple different types for different situations - lighting, riding, sand density. Make sure your eyes can "breathe" in the goggles. Bring face masks. They might even be a good playa gift this year, so bring some extras.
How do other people here deal with extreme dust?