Getting into — and out of — the playa

So you think you drive and drive out of the playa, easy peasy and all like that? What happens if you and your friend drive to Reno together but one of you is on the early entry crew and the other isn’t? What about all the folks flying in from other states and countries who don’t have cars? Who pays for the rental car that sits for a whole week on the playa? What if it’s your friend’s car you’re in? Wouldn’t you want to pitch in to pay for more than gas, such as a thorough post-playa interior, exterior and engine cleaning? What if you need to leave the playa a day early but came in with someone else who rented a car? What if you’re not heading back to Reno after the playa but drove a load of people in to the playa?

Yep. Many factors to consider. Our camp helps coordinate rides for those who need them. Your job: Help us out by providing as quickly and as accurately as possible your travel plans, dates and what you have to offer and what you need. We don’t guarantee rides, per se; but so far we’ve managed to get (or help get) everyone in and everyone out.

Please know that transportation to and from the playa is not included in camp fees. Costs associated with travel to the playa are your personal expense, and if you’re hitching a ride with someone, you’ll probably want to budget $100-120 for transportation into and out of the playa.

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Gifting on the playa

For the virgins — and those new to More Carrot — you’ve read by now that one of the 10 Principles of Burning Man is gifting.
Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Our farmers market is a huge gift and you have paid for this both with your cash (camp fee) and with your time. Whether you’ve been more involved in the pre-playa planning or are more the get-it-done do-er type that on-playa suddenly comes to life with a sense of what needs to be done and when, you’re contributing to a wholesome and healthy gift that our camp provides on playa.

Our deMOOPing flash mobs and commitment to deMOOP not just in our camp and village, but in the wider playa (especially in high traffic areas such as The Esplanade and near large sound camps) is a gift. Our Countless Carrots March and pre-party is a gift of interactive play.

You can, of course, choose to make and gift other items, or a skill that you have to offer, or, who knows, a warm and kind smile for someone deeply in need of it at the perfect moment. Gifting comes in many forms. As does receiving. I do want to allay any concerns that some of you may have around being “prepared to gift” with objects. As I’m sure you’ll come to experience, gifting someone a cool plum or a lettuce wrap is a lovely and wonderful gift indeed.