Thousands of free spirits will convene through Labor Day weekend on the Black Rock Desert in Nevada for the annual Burning Man communal gathering and arts festival.

And one of them will be Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy.

Jeannie Schulz, widow of “Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz, is taking up a boat-shaped car with a cutout of Snoopy on the bow.

The name of the craft? “H.M.S. Beagle,” of course, with no apologies to Charles Darwin, who sailed on the original craft of that title.  This year’s Burning Man theme is evolution, after all.

“I loved Burning Man last year. I took up ‘Peanuts’ books to share, and volunteered in the coffee shop,” Jeannie said. “This year, I can be a taxi. I think the H.M.S. Beagle will be a popular form of transporation.”

A large Sonoma County contingent is expected at Burning Man this year, said Michael Friedenberg, chairman of the Arts Council of Sonoma County.

“Last year, about 25 arts community leaders from Sonoma County went to Burning Man as a delegation,” he said. “We’re trying to bring Burning Man art back to our community, maybe to Sonoma County Museum.”

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