Last year (2014) GC and I left a day early becuz the power went out in ALL of Danbury, and the office had to shut down. So we arrived a day early too.
We spent the early day driving up to Gerlach and looking out across the great playa to see BM in the distance - a big cloud of dust with the Man barely visible.
Gave me time to stop and chat with the Indian Taco lady - she taught me how to make Fry bread. I wish we had hung out there more.
We met the Lead for Death Barbie Camp (what is that asshole's name) at the Indian Taco stand - he was coming in a day early. That was pleasant.
We scoped out the gypsy village in Gerlach, but didn't stay. We should have spent a bit more time - but the traffic was already a hassle. There were ladies clad in underwear with signs asking for tix, haunting the edges of the roads. There were EL sellers, costume vendors, and various other exentric vendors in the gypsy village - we didn't stop long enough to do anything but acknowledge their presence.
I would like to stop and see what all that bazaar entails. Its not under the BMORG control, so it could be anything.
We had to go back for another hot shower and civilized dinner - cuz we didn't have Early Arrival passes.
The next day we got through and arrived before the rain.
It was good timing.