Last night, we set all obligations aside and spent our evening at The Lantern Fest. We’ve been so exhausted lately between basement renovations, growing humans and balancing the day to day. So much so, that we’ve neglected indulging in good old fashioned family time. Taylor and I both realized we needed to schedule out a day in advance so there were no excuses. And, after dreaming of experiencing The Lantern Fest for a few years, we finally made it happen! It was a magical night that I keep reliving through pictures and videos.
- Layers: We dressed in layers and brought a warmer outfit for Isla once the sun went down. It was a sunny 80+ degrees before the sunset, but as soon as it set behind the mountains, we were so grateful to have a light sweater/button up on hand.
- Dinner before the event: We weren’t able to find out which food trucks would be at the fest so we stuffed out bellies just in case. That being said, there were some great local trucks so be sure to have cash on hand, just in case they don’t have a snazzy app to accept debit/credit.
- Stroller/Wagon: I’m not sure what all of the venues are like, but the one in Utah had a hefty distance between the parking lot and actual grounds. I’m so glad we brought a stroller. If it wasn’t toting Isla, it was getting used by our bags.
- Pack only the necessities: We only brought three bags. My camera bag, diaper bag, and “picnic” bag. Our picnic bag had a blanket, change of clothes/extra layers, water bottles and a baby carrier. Looking back I would have brought a thicker blanket to sit on or lawn chairs to set around the fire pits they have set up.
The only other thing I go back and forth about doing differently would be what time to get there. We arrived about an hour and a half after the gates opened. The sun didn’t set until 8:30 (aka we didn’t light the lanterns until about 9:15 PM). If we arrived earlier, we would’ve have prime pickings of the parking lot, fire pits and how far/close we were to the live music. (Future self: Do not sit so close to the speakers next time with a one year old. It makes for an over stimulated, tired baby once the sun sets.) But, if we would have arrived closer to sunset, we would have had less time to kill before lighting the lanterns but still plenty of time to make our food truck rounds, check out the bouncy games, and we would have been one of the last cars to park (aka first to leave… which is important seeing as we sat in the parking lot for an hour and a half waiting to inch our way out). So it’s a catch twenty two.
At the end of the day, I knew it would be a beautiful night, but there was nothing that could have prepared me for how memorable our night would actually be. Maybe it was the live music or the s’mores kits they handed out. Maybe it was watching our crazy little girl run around and explore. And, maybe it was just the pregnancy hormones. But, whatever it was, I am now a Lantern Fest convert. And, I never want to miss another one. Looks like we may have a new family tradition on our hands.