Aerial video by Eddie.com
A year ago I had a guest at my lake Tahoe Knotty Pine Cabin who asked me if there was enough room in the house’s driveway to park his RV. The guy was planning to “decompress for a couple of days” after Burning Man 2012 on his way back from Black Rock Desert. Whatever that means…
A few days later when the guy had left I learned something that made me think he was the best guest ever.
In the beginning I was a bit concerned about this decompression party in my house. One could only guess what this guy had in mind.
About ten years ago I had been to Burning Man a few times and went to decompression parties. It was great experience but it was outdoor and didn’t involve my newly remodeled house. We’ve all heard these AirBnB horror stories about guests who turned very ugly, right?!
After a quick phone conversation with the guy I decided to let him stay at my house as he sounded easy going and very mellow.
Typically I don’t get to meet my guests in person as the front door is equipped with a keyless lock system. I just generate a code online and send it to my guests.
I hadn’t heard from the guy during the check-in time, so I assumed everything was going smooth upon his arrival. A day later I called my neighbor and asked if she noticed any nuances with the house or its occupants. She said the RV is parked on the driveway but she didn’t see anyone at all. It was very quiet. I was relieved.
A few days later the guy checked out and my housekeeper confirmed everything was in a perfect shape. The damage deposit was refunded automatically 48 hours after check-out and I received a positive review from this guest. He called me though in order to share one thing privately. Apparently there was no hot water in the house for a few days. He said it was completely fine for him as he took showers in his RV.
What? It would have taken me 5 minutes to solve the problem but my guest never bothered telling me while he was in the house. He just took a shower in his RV… I felt so bad and was about to refund the money he had paid me. He insisted it wasn’t an issue at all and that I shouldn’t worry about any of that. Whatever happened obviously he and his party had a great time at my cabin!
Every year about fifty thousand participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City.
Who are these people? What is Burning Man all about?
Depending on who you ask one can get a different answer. BM (Burning Man) could mean a community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance, or just getaway from their real life. It lasts one week, then everyone goes home having left no trace whatsoever.
I thought that the best way to show BM is through the Drone’s eye view or instagram images from real people.
Below we selected a dozen of instagram photos from Burning Man 2013!
What do you think about Burning Man after watching a video at the top and looking at these photos?
instagram image by Alr75
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