As a matter of fact, it was one of the most spiritual events I ever been to in my life.
I saw an advertisement for the Lantern Fest online to be held here in Albuquerque. I checked with Shelley and the Grands and they were very excited. We invited some friends of the girls to go with us and I bought tickets, t shirts and made plans for the event.
|Read on my lovelies, this is how spectacular it was.|
Now if you saw the Disney movie Tangled then you might have some idea about the ascension of thousands of lanterns. That was the draw for us but I had no idea how marvelous it really was going to be.
We arrived at the Sandia Speedway around 1:30, set up chairs, a table and our cooler of goodies around a fire pit that was provided by the venue. GK, her friend (date from homecoming) and Ry went off to see what was happening at the games center. GK and Johnny entered the hula hoop contest, she won a beanie and then they set off for the bouncy house at the end of the racetrack. You know we could see them wherever they went for the first couple of hours. Such freedom, such fun for all. Shelley and her friend Joaquin had a blast walking around, seeing the vendors, enjoying themselves. And Joe and I kept the "campsite" and enjoyed people watching and the gorgeous autumn weather. It was just a perfect day of fun.
|GK's hula hoop win|
As it began to get dark, the venue provided live music by a young man from Alaska. He was terrific. The firepits were lit as were the tiki torches. We shared the fire pit with a military family with two young girls (Ry charmed them both), a group of foreign exchange students from Japan who had never had s'mores before and a young single mom with a boy and girl (Ry also charmed them). It took awhile for the fire marshal to give permission to proceed with the launch.
|Hangin' with his homie|
|that's egg on her hands as Johnny and GK lost the egg toss|
|Shelley and her best friend "Keeno"|
|looks like they are making pizza but that's the lantern being "decorated"|
|Our new military friends|
We had decorated our lanterns earlier in the afternoon so we were ready and anxious. We all got busy lighting the cardboard at the bottom of the lantern, which was made of rice paper and designed to only fly for about 3 minutes and then descend with no danger of starting a fire.
|that boy standing next to the "olde Bagg" is learning how to smile, maybe|
|Ry in rare form|
|These two are hilarious with each other. They have been friends since 6th grade and it shows in how they treat each other|
|Our new Japanese friends. Joe had to show them how to burn the marshmellows. So much fun|
|showing Mama some love|
|their names should be mutt and jeff|
|Air Force Joe and his lovely wife|
|You can't ever take the hippy outta the Oma, see that tie dye peeking from behind|
|I didn't even realize that Joe had taken this photo.....I was still looking up.......duh|
|and yes, this is the Olde Bagg in person (freezing my tushy off)|
Smooches and Squoozes,
Oma Linda and all the Cuckoos at the Casa.