Our American road trip has already taken us through some amazing parts of the U.S. There is such a variety of landscapes and lifestyles in this one country that it almost boggles the mind. It is one of the reasons we decided to road trip here, because by crossing one border you have available to your eyeballs a plethora of sights and sounds as different from one another as all the countries of the Americas put together.
From our humble start in Arizona up through Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and now Montana. We have crossed through deserts, around coastlines and into the snowy mountains. This is an amazing country and I can see why Americans like it so much!
This post is about just the one state though, Nevada, and just the one event in that stateand more specifically, the RiSE Lantern Festival in Las Vegas. Vegas was for me a complicated mix of emotions. It is a very man made place, but it is surrounded by incredible natural beauty which I think is often lost in the glitz of the Strip. Not so much by the locals but by every movie ever made of the place.
Thanks to Holly though we got to see another side to Vegas. A pretty unassuming place most outsiders have never heard of, The Jean Dry Lake bed. My two best experiences in Vegas just so happened to be in this eerie place. The first I have already mentioned and made a video of, that is my Paramotor flight which you can watch here (it is pretty spectacular, check it), which I had planned to do even before we knew where RiSE was going to be held. The second, the previously mentioned RiSE Lantern Festival!
Enjoy the video… (make sure you watch it in full HD / 1080)!
Thanks to Holly and a gracious friend who gave up her tickets for us, we got to take part in and watch the Rise Lantern festival out in the Mojave desert. The premise is simple, a group of people coming together and sending their individual hopes and dreams out into the world by writing on their lanterns and letting them soar. Aside from the reason, it is an amazing thing to see.
I am not one for expunging emotion most of the time. Possibly because of how much I have seen and done I am generally pretty blase about most things. I enjoy my life thoroughly, but I don’t tend to get overly emotional about much. I have to admit though, in the moment when thousands of lanterns went up simultaneously, and thousands of people cheered them on, there was a little something inside me which took flight right along with them.
The Rise Lantern Festival was a spectacular event and one I am grateful to have been a part of. So thank you very much Holly and the aMasongraceproject.com for letting us be a part of it. Peace