Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Part 1   Leave a comment

Day 1-4

Arriving at our friend’s home to spend a few days after our first wagonmaster trip, it wasn’t long before we were asked to come help set up the tent for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. With ten people all pitching in, it wasn’t long before we had everything under control and ready for our guests to register. The first day was spent registering guests, a balloon pilot demonstration

Topped off with an Oktoberfest Dinner of brats and chicken.

It was great to see friends we haven’t seen in a few years.

Saturday morning, early, began the 2013 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

with a Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow, and Mass Ascension. Everyone kept talking about “Mass Ascension” and I had no idea what that meant. It means exactly what is sounds like it means. All of the balloons are set up on a huge field and they all start ascending into the sky about 7 a.m. One right after another, continuously, until about 9 a.m.

The first day, we were all shocked to see that the balloons were headed towards us and right over our tent!

WOW! We thought we had to go down to the field in order to see anything, but they came right to us!

The special shapes are my favorite.

The next thing we knew, they were landing in the field next to our rvs. It was interesting how they deflate and pack up the balloon.

Sunday, bright and early, the mass ascension of balloons took off again – and guess what!? They headed right for us.

Everyone took hundreds of pictures.

The POW/MIA balloon was my favorite.

It was so nice to sit in our chairs close to our home and not have to fight the crowds to shuttle down to the field.

The bees were my next favorite.

There are actually 3 bees and it’s hard to get all three in one photo.

Somehow, I did manage to get all three bees in one photo. If they were only looking my way….

Or a little closer….

I later found out that one of the bees is flown by the only pilot who is in a wheelchair. I met him while he was packing up his balloon. They were in the middle of filming a documentary.

Afterwards, champagne brunch.

Our first bus trip

took us to Sandia Peak where we took the Tram up the peak of the Sandia Mountain (10,678 feet)

and had a wonderful lunch at the High Finance Restaurant and a beautiful view of Albuquerque.

Topping the day off with a social

Adventure Caravans is the way to go!


Posted October 15, 2013 by carolnbill in Travel

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