I have a few Burning Man pictures lined up for the next few weeks since they just look so awesome. Yes, I was dumb enough to pull out my camera during a fill blown white out at Burning Man. These types of things can be fixed on my camera, right? *cough* (Let’s not talk about that…)
Shaun and I got caught up in this beast at about midnight one night completely unprepared for it. While we thought it would quickly pass by, this white out made up for the lack of them that year. We sat it out waiting for 30 minutes before realizing it wasn’t going anywhere.
A couple of things you should know about White Outs at Burning Man:
1. Yes, they can happen at night, too (as seen by the picture).
2. Yes, you should really always carry your goggles and bandana with you. (We were stupid and didn’t have them.)
3. Yes, you really should stay put until it is over. People have been known to wander off and get lost.
4. Be patient, it will pass eventually.
5. Take this moment to meet the people around you. Make your own story.
Don’t take my word for it? Check out this gem from the Burning Man website:
Long, sustained rainfall–or white out conditions– are unlikely; however, you will want to come to the event mentally and physically prepared for such occurrences.
- DO NOT DRIVE your vehicle
- Relax and wait until conditions change
- Bring a plastic 5-gallon utility bucket (with lid!) and heavy-duty black garbage bags (as an emergency porta potty). The bags go home with you, NOT in a porta potty
- Bring a complete basic first aid kit
- Bring a battery-powered radio and tune into BMIR (94.5 FM)
*Please note that the giant lights are actually the 6 story effigy that just disappeared into the desert sand.*