I’m planning on going to PDF (Playa del Fuego) this spring… if you’re curious about Burning Man but can’t justify the expense or the week+ away from work, you should consider joining me. It’s May 26-30 this year, in Delaware.

PDF is what’s called a “regional burn” – it operates on the same principles as Burning Man and attracts the same awesome people but it’s smaller (limited to 1000 people) and shorter (4 days.) The big advantages are it’s cheaper ($50 tickets) and closer (9 hours driving, so feasible in a day.)

There’s a whole pile of information here – way too much if this is the first time you’ve heard of PDF so don’t worry about reading it all :) The important things are the Ten Principles of Burning Man, which are followed at PDF as well.  These are the main things that set burns apart from all the other summer festivals – that and lots of fire.

I’m going, and if there are at least 5 of us interested I’ll bring the fryer and do Midnight Poutine. I’m going to drive down in my van, so I can take whatever gear anyone wants plus 1 passenger. My plan is to leave on Thursday morning (to get there Thursday evening) and drive back on Monday.

It’s also possible to fly, if you have more money than time (as I did in 2009.) The site is about a 1h drive from PHL, the US Air hub. There are about 5 direct flights every day from YUL and it takes about 1.5 hours. So: fly out of Montréal on Friday afternoon/evening, go to PDF for the weekend, then fly back as early as you dare on Monday morning.

Tickets go on sale on March 26, so think fast :) Ask me if you have any questions – I’d love to talk your ear off about PDF, Burning Man, Midnight Poutine, or any related things :)