You have to stay in their motel
Thanks Dhally, but that violates the main premise. I always like a good soak though!
That's a little better Viejo, but still violates that all important requirement. Same as above though, love a good soak. If you have the coordinates, send them on over.
A few years ago we made the circuit from Santa Rosa up to the Warner Range (Modoc) then over to Nevada, down into the High Rock desert area into Gerlach, then back home. Lot of places to get away from everyone on that route. (Custom designed to meet all of your listed recreational criteria. ) We took off of 395 near Davis Creek and didn't hit much pavement until Gerlach We have been back to the Warner Range several times. We sometimes stay at Plum Creek campground (primitive BML setup) which is usually empty except during hunting season. Decent rock-hounding in the area.
Charlie, that's sounding more our speed. if you can pass along any specifics that would be appreciated. Otherwise, I'll just poke around GoogleEarth and maps.
As for Burning Man, me and the same group of friends are going to see if we can get tickets when they go on sale this Wednesday. It's not our normal sort of thing, but we figured its something you gotta do once in your life (my wife doesn't figure the same way I do though) and why not the year most of us turn 50!
Thanks to all of you for the replies! If anyone else has any ideas, post them up.