Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Part 2   Leave a comment

Day 5-7

Tuesday morning was our day to open up the tent for a continental breakfast.

We could not get over how beautiful the sky was that morning before sunrise.

The balloons ascended bright and early

This was the only day they didn’t fly over our heads. The box affect seemed to be working, taking the balloons towards the mountain, up and back.

Our bus headed up to Santa Fe taking the Turquoise trail, which is a scenic and historic area encompassing 15,000 square miles in the heart of central New Mexico, linking Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Arriving in Santa Fe, we took a walking tour and visited The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Miguel Church and Loretto Chapel.

The statue of the Virgin Mary, pictured below, was brought from Spain when the Spaniards settled in New Mexico.

The cross pictured below has a small piece of the cross that Christ was hung on.

Just outside of the Capitol Building is a statue which lists all of the Indian tribes who are no longer in existence.

That evening, Randy Coffey’s 3 granddaughters and a few friends serenaded us.

They were terrific!

I think Virginia REALLY enjoyed it!

Day 6, the balloons were back again overhead!

The guests were able to help the balloonists as they landed and they were landing here, there, and everywhere. What fun they had.

One balloon practically landed on our Adventure Caravan tent!

After the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, we headed to El Pinto Restaurant for lunch.

What a treat! The best Mexican Food ever.

Our drive to the Acoma Pueblo Sky City tour found most of us asleep at one time or another (after filling our bellies at lunch.

The tour was incredible! The community was built in the 1100s and is STILL STANDING and has been passed down to their ancestors. Our guide was a young lady who will one day inherit her family’s home, pictured below, in this community.

We first visited the church and cemetery, but we were not allowed to take photos inside. The Pueblos were forced to practice Catholicism and to this day, practice both their Indian religion as well as Catholicism. In the photo below of the church, the area to the right with a railing is where the minister taught (in later years) the children how to read and write.

As we walked along the dirt roads, we were all amazed that this community is still intact. There is no water or electric. We did notice that they have propane for cooking, generators and outhouses.

We returned home to find that a wind storm blew in and sand was everywhere…

Posted October 16, 2013 by carolnbill in Travel

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