Businesses Ease Burners' Return


RENO, NV -- As the Playa dust finally starts to settle, burners are trying to make the tough transition back to reality, but before they return home, many of them have to decompress.

It takes a lot of work to go to the Playa; people invest months of planning and money in advance. When they come back, most of them are exhausted and are looking for a place to unwind. The Grand Sierra Resort holds a decompression party for those Burners to unwind and reconnect with fellow Burners. It's good news for them and even better news for the businesses.

"It's like the full scale of awesome and full scale of awful, but it's never really bad, it's just really difficult and challenging and spurts growth," Rebecca-Emma Kaplan, a burner from New York said.

"I think it was probably one of the purest one of the most magical experiences in my life," Stacey Alvarez, another burner from New York, said.

Parking lots filled with RVs and cars just fresh off the Playa and burners preparing for the journey home.

"It's kind of sad to see everyone go their own way. You come back with a renewed sense and appreciation of the things we do have that we take for granted like running water, electricity and a fridge," Alvarez said.

Those are accommodations the Grand Sierra Resort hopes will help Burners adjust but feel like they never left the Playa.

"We love the energy the excitement and the enthusiasm that this crowd brings to the casino and we try to embrace it more and more every year," Mike Draper, GSR representative, said.

With hotel rooms booked for the next three nights, it's good news for the restaurants and casino floor.

"Our guests from Burning Man couldn't be more gracious and more appreciative," he said. "I think a lot of times there are some negative stereotypes that go with that and to come back to be embraced, they really return their appreciation back both in the form of spirit and having a good time but also in the form of business."

For tired Burners who have spent as long as eight hours trying to get off the Playa, the events ease the transition.

"It's nice to have a break and a little reconnection with people so it's a slow reentry of the default world as we call it," said Vincent Ramirez, Burner from San Francisco.

It's a one-stop-shop at the GSR. Burners can also get their vehicles washed. They say it's bittersweet but the party is helping them hold onto memories post-burn. The decompression party at GSR will go through Wednesday night.


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