I am definitely of the mind set: hope for the best, plan for the worst.
I read the Survival Guide from cover to cover and then another dozen times or so.
I talked to everyone I could and did a lot of research on-line. And then I started getting my gear together.
And when I had everything on the list and a bit more, I got more stuff, just in case. Better safe than sorry.
Jon-of-All-Trades, Master of None
At least that's how it applies to me with circus and flow arts. I was OK at several of the disciplines when I was a clown at children's parties, but that was over 25 years ago. I just started doing aerial regularly this last year in Atlanta which is when I also took up hand-balancing and then decided to get back into juggling and uni-cycling. Hooping is more Skye's thing and we both took up the staff around 3 weeks before I left for Burning Man.
The point being, I'm a beginner/novice in all of these things, but of course I brought all of my toys because certainly I'd have time to practice and pick up some new skills at Burning Man surrounded by lots of people who are really good at that kind of stuff.
I had also planned to put the Go-Pro on a hula hoop and then "gift" the footage to whoever wanted to jump in and give the Hula-cam a spin.
And then I got to Burning Man and iwas so busy exploring and adventuring and helping out around camp that.....
the hoops never made it out, although I did hoop a couple of times at other camps. The juggling clubs stayed in their bucket. I had decided to not bring the unicycle which I managed to practice all of one time in the 3 weeks we were up in Mammoth. I must have moved my staff around 50 times to get it out of my way in the van but nothing beyond that.
But I was ready. I never regretted not having any of my toys.
And I did manage to play, a lot. I danced, I did some hand-balancing, I slack-lined, I even jumped up on an awesome looking unicycle, too bad the guy was 6'5" and my legs couldn't reach the pedals on the down-stroke.
And of course, I rode the Time Star.
Notes for Next Time
I brought more than enough food, water and booze. I brought more than enough clothes. I had plenty of ear-plugs, goggles, dust masks and various protective gear. I had plenty of batteries and lights. My camp set-up worked out. I was glad to have all my tools.
I wouldn't change much in regards to my provisions.
I brought an infared thermometer that could read temps up to 999 F. That was fun. I didn't bring the high-temp, heat resistant gloves that were stored next to them.
My fingers are just about recovered from the blistering they got on one of the first days when I was helping out cooking pizzas.
All in all preparation was good and sound.
Those were the words shouted to me while I was helping load logs into the Time Star, just before I looked up.
I ended up getting something in my eye or scratching my eye or something.
I should have gone to the First Aid tent but I was being "Radically Self-Reliant".
I would suffer for the next several days until I finally had access to running water and a mirror at the hotel in Reno.
I managed to flush out a massive splinter, piece of timber that had tucked itself in for a ride.
Next time, well let's hope there's no next time in that regard.
I decided to look up the Boy Scout Creed, since I started out the post the way I did.
"There isn't a Boy Scout creed...but you may be referring to our oath or law.
The oath is:
On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country. To help other people at all times, to obey the Scout Law, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The law is:
A Scout is: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent."
Or from the Scoutmaster Minute
"Here is the complete text of the “Boy Scout Creed” by Ludvig S. Dale To be trustworthy in all things. Loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous and kind. To learn obedience and practise cheerfulness and Thrift. To be brave, clean and reverent. Above all to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. To “Be Prepared” at all times to do my duty to God and my country, and to do a Good Turn to someone every Day.
Ludvig S. Dale was the National Recruiting Officer for the Boy Scouts of America in 1914."
Now I remember why I didn't last so long as a Scout.