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Old 04-21-2016, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Chamblee, GA
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Do it - or, a smaller less expensive alternative is Alchemy in Georgia ( second largest burn ).

You only live once - at your age, there's little harm in trying something new that's outside of your norm.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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You might enjoy Zozobra -- Old Man Gloom -- in Santa Fe. He is a giant 50 foot marionette with moving arms and head and filled with written notes of peoples' worries and gloomy problems. He goes through various contortions as he goes up in flames. He burns on or about Labor Day weekend and has been a tradition since initiated by the artist, Gustave Baumann in 1924. You don't have to sleep on the ground...unless you want to. The crowd will approach 50,000 for the event.
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't believe that you can just go, I thought there was a long waiting list for those wanting to attend.
There is a very good documentary about it, it was on Netflix "Spark: A Burning Man Story"
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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If you want to go, GO! People of all ages there so that's no worry. It's an experience!
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:20 PM
 
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I have a friend who went to her first Burning Man last year at the age of 67 and she loved it! She and her partner were trying to get tickets to go again this year. Another thought is to look into regional burns - smaller scale, same concept and much cheaper. I went to my first one last summer in Canada and am planning to go to one a little closer to home next month. My friend and I have discussed Burning Man, but we're still undecided if we want to make that investment when there are other options out there. It's not so much on my bucket list, but in terms of festivals, Mardi Gras is.
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Old 04-21-2016, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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At your age, take a travel trailer or RV. It's hard to run AC on a generator, so think about swapping the AC for a swamp cooler, which would work well in the desert and could be run from a small camp generator. Your own refrigerator, shower and toilet would be a big help. Take a bicycle with balloon tires to get around. Lock the wheels to the frame or somebody else will ride off on it as soon as you put it down. At that, plan on it being stolen at some point. An RV will have to park a ways from the middle of things.

Take plenty of cash for drugs. The experience doesn't count if you aren't stoned.

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Old 04-21-2016, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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...Take plenty of cash for drugs. The experience doesn't count if you aren't stoned.
You mean you can't barter BBQ chicken for drugs there <LOL>? Robyn
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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...It's not so much on my bucket list, but in terms of festivals, Mardi Gras is.
You might think twice about that. Last time we were in New Orleans was a week or two after Mardi Gras (spring flower season). And the downtown area still smelled like vomit and bleach. Totally unpleasant (I like to drink as much as the next guy - but don't care to surround myself with a bunch of people who are tossing their cookies on the street). Robyn
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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...Lock the wheels to the frame or somebody else will ride off on it as soon as you put it down. At that, plan on it being stolen at some point...
I don't know much about Burning Man - but I always had the impression that it was a festival for techies with money. If so - why would anyone steal your bicycle? Perhaps I got the wrong initial impression or the clientele has changed over the years.

BTW - just thinking about it - I would be very wary of buying drugs from strangers. Even pot. Especially as a senior. The stuff today is much stronger than what we had when we were young. And - if your body isn't up to it (for reasons you may not know in advance) - well who wants to wind up in an ER? FWIW - the most popular drug dealer we knew when we were in school was a student at Harvard Business School. He was probably more careful about sourcing and labeling his stuff than most drug companies . Robyn
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Old 04-21-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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You might think twice about that. Last time we were in New Orleans was a week or two after Mardi Gras (spring flower season). And the downtown area still smelled like vomit and bleach. Totally unpleasant (I like to drink as much as the next guy - but don't care to surround myself with a bunch of people who are tossing their cookies on the street). Robyn
But it isn't like that when you are there!!

Of course when I went I was YOUNG and in the Air Force. Stationed at Biloxi AFB.

I remember the last night we went was the Fat Tuesday - the final night. They shut down the streets at midnight. We had class at 0600. We made it back.

Now that I am OLD, I wouldn't mind being one of the revelers up in the balconies and watching the fun below.
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