yacobian wrote:Hey folks,
I am delighted that a friend and I studying Mandarin in Beijing were able to get tickets for Burning Man 2012! She is from the Seattle area and I am from Vancouver. We are both first time burners, and though we planned on heading down with some long time burners that I had housesat for in years past, they haven't gotten tickets so far. That being said, we are very enthusiastic about going and are looking forward to contributing in what ways we can!
You'll be okay without them if you prepare your ass off. Best to operate from a standpoint that they may not make it, so you don't feel overwhelmed at the last second if they don't luck out.
We feel like we are getting a bit of a handle on how to prepare (have read a lot).There are a couple things that would be wonderful if people chimed in on though.
Looking-for-advice-point-1:For our contribution, we would like to offer a personal transportation and tour service. Our plan is to build a tandem tricycle with space for a person or two to sit in the back with pillows and shade. We think this will be a great way to meet people, help them get around the huge camp, and get some exercise for ourselves. I have tried to figure out whether this it totally ok or not. I have seen pictures of other trike--like creations on the site, and since this will be entirely human powered I don't believe it needs to be registered with the DMV, however it will likely be a bit larger than a normal bike, so I want to make sure if there are special requirements we know about those beforehand so that when we get to the camp it isn't a problem.
I think that's a gorgeous way to 1) gift and to 2) meet people. Getting a ride out there is a special treat.
It would appear that a strictly human-powered unmotorized trike does not require special permission to operate by the following protocols:http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/ ... iving.htmlHoweve
r, I'm an overcautious type & I admit I would consult the DMV to be on the safe side. There's an "email the DMV" link at the bottom of this page:http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/ ... s/dmv.html
Make sure you bring a really good way to lock down your trike when not in use, or a drunk person may take it for a spin. Always
lock it when unattended, even for 3 minutes outside the portos. Most people don't steal, and are actually very generous, but there's always a bad apple somewhere.
Looking-for-advice-point-2: To join a theme camp or not to join a theme camp??? We are not going to be bringing an RV or anything crazy, and being starving students we can't really afford a luxury camp with high dues, so we are thinking we will be staying in tents but we aren't sure if we want to join a camp or go it alone. Joining a theme camp sounds great, but our two concerns are it being inaccessible owing to high dues, and also being unable to pursue our own project (mentioned above). Any advice or pearls of wisdom from person experience would are welcome.
I looking forward to hearing from you guys and seeing you come burn time
P.S. Our travel arrangements aren't set yet, so anybody looking to rideshare in the Vancouver/Seattle neck of the woods, let me know and maybe we can figure something out!
I've seen camp fees that start at $50; you are then usually expected to contribute on- or off-playa work towards their mission. Then there are no-fee camps like Orphan Camp (and its offshoots like Orphan II and III, etc) and Stag Camp, which may not have any amenities other than shade (depending on the camp), and require you to take responsibility for yourself. These camps can provide you with some folks to go on walkabout with, or hang out with around a burn barrel at 2am when you just have to tell someone about the pink stegosaurus you just rode . . .
However, if you can set up and stake down tents and shade using good rope and topped or candy-caned rebar, you don't really need a lot of support. You can be your own camp, and name yourself.
You will have neighbors anyway, virtually anywhere you camp, and can visit theme camps all day if you want to.
Go with your gut. You have a while to decide--most camps close their doors in May or June (a few close earlier, some close later).