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Ten years ago a small caravan of vehicles stopped at the edge of the empty vastness of the Black Rock desert, a place where you could gain nothing or lose it all and no one would ever know. Danger Ranger took a stick, drew a line across the earth, and said "On the other side of this line, there exists a world where everything is different." Then everybody held hands and stepped across that line. The first settlers of Black Rock City had come to burn a wooden man. In doing so, they created community.

May 1-July 31, 2001

That community has grown. Based on the values of giving and sharing, it is now rich in art and culture. Danger Ranger will soon be crossing that line again, bringing object lessons of a gift economy to the regional communities of Burning Man that now exist beyond the boundaries of our desert home. Traveling the asphalt rivers of America, like some burning Santa, he will reach out to everyone.

Danger will be driving across America in a 30-year old conveyance known as the "Silver Seed", a kind of mobile, self-contained theme camp enclosed in an aluminum skin. His mission is to redistribute gifts and, by so doing, reconnect participants in Burning Man with one another. When our event is over every year, participants often lament that they must wait another 358 days to be reunited with our community. Danger's message to you is that you need no longer wait. Take what you have learned from your experience, organize with friends and fellow burners, and be ready to greet him.

Danger Ranger's trip in 2001 will span 21 states. Departing from the Black Rock Desert on the first of May, he will travel through the Southwestern states, then after crossing the Mississippi River he will turn northward and make his way to New York. From there he will begin a return path, traveling Westward through Middle America toward the Rocky Mountains. After a visit to Northwest states, he will follow the coast to California and then return to the Black Rock Desert in time for Burning Man 2001.

Along this route he will explore the crossroads, outposts and obscure recesses of our dispersed community. Danger wants to know and tell your story. His journey will become a survey of who and what we are. His stops along the way will be a magnet that draws us together. Be prepared to express yourself before thousands of other participants that follow this trip on our website. Be ready, also, to contribute a gift to his progress. Release your gift into the stream. Let it flow to another.

Danger Ranger's mission
is to furnish you with information that can help you reconvene your Burning Man experience year-round. Burning Man is not an event, but a new way of doing and being wherever you are. It is a movement, a force, a river: a culture with a thousand tributary streams. We want to show you how to drink from this fast-flowing stream. The Silver Seed will bring you instructions and advice about how you can organize with other people and discover the resources that our community has already created. Take a ride on the gift stream. It appears from somewhere beyond the horizon. It disappears somewhere down the road. You can't really imagine where it might take you— but you can begin to plan now to get on the life boat.

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