As our last day up here in Mammoth races faster than I can keep up with it, we are packing our stuff. I'm sorting things to go to Burning Man or to storage, as Cindy and Skye figure out what they want to put in storage and what they want to have with them for at least a week in LA. Things are up in the air beyond that.
So we will be doing our own version of the next Burning Man Principle I will be addressing today.
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
I wasn't a scout for long. I signed up when I was in the middle of my teen rebellious period, but I do remember Leave No Trace and Pack It In, Pack It Out.
We'd been following that M.O. for the many years of camping, as far back as I can remember.
It's also a big part of my job as a set dresser/lead man.
I have been in all sorts of locations that we have completely transformed and then had to restore. The most recent one of note was on the pilot for the yet-to-be-aired TV show Revolution. We shot in the Georgia State Capitol turning it into a post-apostolic bar/hide-out that is supposed be in Chicago. We brought in several trucks of furniture, lighting, art work what have you and then had to make it look normal and like we were never there.
One of my favorite stories relating to leaving no trace and restoration, takes me back almost 20 years and to White Sands, New Mexico where we shot some scenes for the movie Tank Girl.
We had set an old wooden boat up on one of the sand dunes. We then had to cut it in half to make it look like it was half-buried in the sand.
Needless to say there was a lot of bits and pieces lying around.
Lots and lots of splintered wood.
Of course we had to take it out and clean it up and leave it in the pristine state it was before we showed up.
The big pieces were easy, sort of, it was 122 F and there was no shade anywhere.
4 guys, myself included with wire mesh screens we built sifting sand for 8 long hours, all while the National Park Ranger stood and watched.
That was a hard day, but in the end we left no trace
I have been back to White Sands a couple of times since then. It was never as hot. The place is surreal and amazingly beautiful. That is Skye in the distance.
Now back to packing so we don't leave a trace of our amazing couple of weeks up here in Mammoth at our friend's wonderful condo.