Burning Man infested with bugs that bite
Burning Man is currently infested with a plague of bugs that like to bite. The Black Rock Desert party just can’t seem to catch a break these days.
Or maybe its nature’s way of saying… enough is enough! As one commentator said online, this is Mother Nature separating the real hippies from all the millionaires that now use the event as their annual playground.
The elements in the Black Rock Desert are testing already and this has always been why Burning Man has been a party for alternative souls and not for frivolous clubbers.
But with the proliferation of outdoor electronic festivals, in recent times Burning Man (much like Afrika Burn in South Africa) has become a ‘must-attend’ event to tell your friends about rather than a gathering of hippies and like-minded alternative souls like it started out.
These days if you have the funds you can attend Burning Man and enjoy all the creature comforts you want with the only inkling that you’re in the desert being if you step outside the luxurious camps that are built for the well endowed.
That’s not to mean either Burning Man or Afrika Burns are not a great events. To the contrary, most ‘Burners’ hail the experience as life-changing or at the very least, just a damn fine time to let your hair down and pretend life is different.
This is the announcement from the official Burning Man blog:
“You may have seen the bug rumors on the internet. We are here to tell you that they are all true. Well maybe not all of the rumors, but the bugs are real. They’re everywhere. They bite. They crawl all over you. They get up and in you.
Twin Peaks, who’s leading the construction of the Center Café, was talking about how bad they are when she jumped a little and pulled her t-shirt away from her body. A good-sized green bug fell to the ground. It had crawled into her bra.
Metal Shop Heather wears a welding mask most of the day. Bugs have crawled up inside her visor and nestled around her eyes. Cammy and Stinger needed some help from the medical team to deal with the infestation; Stinger’s back was covered with nasty red welts from the bites.”
The party must go on!
Unlike us humans, bugs and insects are able to withstand a lot more dessert than we can. The reality about this whole thing is that they will somehow all be exterminated by the sheer will of Burners who will not have their party messed with.
Where does this leave the morally inclined on the ethics of Burning Man and the idea of ‘leave no trace,’ we wonder?
Somehow this feels like another potential PR nightmare for Burning Man destined to plague (excuse the pun) the event.