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~Burning Man 2008~

What is Burning Man?

Living in Nevada, I am often asked about a famous event  called  "Burning Man". When I tell those who ask that I have never been , their response is always the same, "Why Not? You live to close not to go?" I am not sure why I have never had the desire to attend this annual event, but many of my friends and family have. So I have heard the stories, seen the pictures, read articles in newspapers and magazines. I have even helped out with the costume making.

 

So just what, where,or who, is Burning Man?

Every year, tens of thousands of people gather in the Black Rock Desert celebrate life, freedom, happiness, spirituality, art and so on.  The Black Rock Desert is about a 120 miles North of Reno, Nevada. The towns of Empire and Gerlach serve as guardians to this region.

 Burning Man is a week long indulgence of "Anything Goes" where communities are formed, if only for a week, and where lasting, life long friendships are formed.

While researching information for this years Burning Man, I ran across an essay written by Molly Steenson. She describes the Burning Man experience so eloquently it almost made me want to fork out the $295 it costs for at ticket to attend this event!

People from across the world attend Burning Man. Tickets go on sale a year in advance. Vacations are scheduled around Burning Man. Costumes and temporary living shelters are made nine months a head of time. It is a big deal for those who attend to have a different costume each night. Most people bring decorated bikes, scooters, or golf carts to make their way around the 400 acres of the Black Rock Desert.

The dates for Burning Man 2008 are August 22 to September 1. Tickets are still available but are not sold at the door.   BurningMan.com  has more information on tickets and a schedule of events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authored By Terrie Leighton August 2008. Terrie is a Real Estate Agent with Ferrari-Lund Real Estate. Pictures a courtesy of Brandon Blackbern.

 

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Comment balloon 9 commentsTerrie Leighton • August 21 2008 06:18PM

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Terrie, I've heard of Burning Man but never really knew anything about it.  Do people really stay out in the desert for 9 days?  Wow.

Posted by Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC) about 10 years ago

That looks like a lot of people having fun.  Doesn't look like anyone was using a cell phone, either.

Posted by Mark Organek, On a journey to accomplish one huge goal. (And the United States of America) about 10 years ago
Lisa ~ Can you imagine 9 days in the desert! And it is soooo hot out there, and dry and dusty. If you go, you have to be completely prepared our you will not last. Bring lots of water is all I have to say. Clothes are optional! Mark~ There is no cel service!! 10,000 is a crazy amount of people! I don't know why I have never had the desire to go!?!
Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

WOW,TERRIE, I've never heard of that, but looks & sounds like a good ole time!  Are you going?  If so, have fun!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) about 10 years ago

No Yvette ~ I am not going. Too crazy for me!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

I've never heard of this either. I don't think I could take the heat. Cloths are optional?!?!?! At $295.00 each that is just out of my budget!! Let's see what I could do with that amount of money...

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Hey Terrie, I read somewhere that the Burning Man was cut short due to dust storms?!?!?!? Hope, you are safe!

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

Hey Teresa - No, it wasn't. I just spoke with my friend (In the picture) who just got back today, he said there was a terrible wind storm on Saturday but it calmed in the evening. But it was at total white-out for a few hours....almost 50,000 people attended this year! My friend had a great time. And no problems arose event with the number of peopole that attended.

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 10 years ago

Terrie: That's good to hear:)

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

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