This is my second question for discussion. It's actually a two parter. Is tourism getting worse at BM? If so, what can be done about it?
Two things prompted my questions. We camped on the outer ring this year, loved it by the way and will be there again next year. We woke up Saturday morning to find an RV parked slightly behind our tent on 5:30 with about a quarter of it in the road. I say we woke up but actually we were woken up at 6AM by their generator. We went about our business, listening to their generator and breathing their exhaust, 'til about noon. Finally my wife went over and asked them if they could turn it off for a bit as it was loud and the fumes were getting to us. Their reply was that they needed it on to run their air conditioner. As anyone who attended this year knows the weather was great and I wouldn't have dreamed of sitting inside under AC. They finally turned it off later that afternoon while we were out on the playa.
The second thing also happened Saturday morning. In addition to the RV there was an SUV parked on the road right by our tent. There was no one in it and it didn't appear to belong to any camp. About 9:00 a woman rode up on a bicycle in a complete safari outfit including khaki pants, boots, long sleeved khaki shirt and a big safari hat. She got off her bike, loaded it up and started packing stuff away. We said hi and asked how she was doing and it turned out she was just out there for a morning bike ride. She bought her ticket but didn't camp, she just came out each morning, paid the $20 reentry fee and rode around for about three hours looking at things. She then packed her bike up and drove back to Reno. She said it was just too hot and dirty to stay out there longer than 3 hours.