Quite the night covering the RiSE Lantern Festival at the Jean Dry Lake Bed, like nothing I’ve ever been apart of that’s for sure. The concept , to launch hundreds of giant lanterns in sync after writing personal thoughts and wishes on them. It was a transportation nightmare with traffic backed up for miles then hopping busses to be shuttled out to the lake bed. Was an hour and a half trip getting there just before sundown though I made the best use of my time.
People continually streamed in and the start time was pushed back over an hour as the busses were backed up. No food or water was in the media area but May Wildman with Kirvin Doak Communications and her team came to the rescue with some water and a tasty salad. May even got me on one of the first shuttles out after the launches, I heard later that some folks were stuck out there for hours and even chose to walk back in the dark for miles to their cars. All in all a stunning visual, if it happens next year I’m sure the issues will be fixed.