More than miles north of Reno, Nevada, is Black Rock City, an expanse of desert ringed by distant mountains that has been home to the annual Burning Man festival since the s. Started by a small group of artists in San Francisco in , the weeklong event is held around Labor Day every year. Most of the tens of thousands of attendees go to experience the openness, art, whimsy, freedom and — let's be real — the nudity. Nowhere in the desert basin, or the playa, do all of those elements coalesce more magnificently than in the orgy dome , an air-conditioned sex haven where guests can visit in groups of two or more. Its creators claim that 5, attendees cavorted within its folds last year. Here are his-and-her accounts of their experiences.
Over the years, the people that she met at small festivals, like the Earthdance Global Peace Party, often raved about the mother of all transformational festivals: Burning Man. Every summer at the end of August, tens of thousands of people from all over the world make the journey to the week-long festival. For many, attending Burning Man is a definitional personal experience, part of their identity. It is wise to attend your first Burn with veterans. But for all the advice she received about what to expect and how to prepare, one subject did not come up: Protecting yourself from sexual assault. The final eight-mile stretch to Burning Man takes two hours as thousands of cars and RVs crawl toward the main gate. A costume is a hallowed tradition on the playa.
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A dust storm overwhelmed the road to Burning Man this week. Clouds of billowing white dust obscured the caravan of cars snaking through the barren Nevada desert, according to recent news reports. Travelers parked in ditches and covered their faces with kerchiefs until the squall passed. The drive is an August ritual for more than 70, attendees who have descended upon Black Rock City for nearly three decades and are gathered this week to build colossal art installations and dance nude in the scorching summer heat.