Albuquerque, New Mexico
10.01.2011 80 °F
Yesterday we traveled about 135 miles to Albuquerque and were able to get into our site by 10:30 am! We are staying at American RV Park where my brother and sister in law have been workkamping for the summer. It's a very nice park and, right now, is filled due to the Balloon Festival. We spent the day relaxing, visiting and Don even went into the pool.
Today was another story, though! The four of us rose early and were on our way to the Fiesta by 4 am. We parked and took a shuttle to Balloon Fiesta Park. This was a great idea because we didn't have to get involved in any of the traffic. Unfortunately, while the entire process was great, our bus driver was not. It seems she was relying on following the bus ahead of us to get there, and somewhere along the way we lost that bus. As it turns out we did get there, but it took at least 45 minutes to get there instead of 15.
The balloons were spectacular! Everywhere you looked balloons were inflating and ascending. We have been to other Balloon Festivals and really love them, but this was like nothing we have been to before. The balloons starting rising at 7 am and continued for more than 2 hours! We have never seen anything like that. Add to that the box effect they have here in Albuquerque, that makes the balloons stay right in the same area for all this time, and it is just incredible. So these balloons rise and head north, then they rise some more and head south, continuing to be right in the same area of the Balloon Park while more are coming up. After a while the sky was just so full of balloons we couldn't believe it! Amazing!
Tonight we went back to the Fiesta Park and saw 100 balloons do an evening night glow. Pretty cool.
Weather: Chilly in morning but a gorgeeous day once the sun arrived over Sandia Peak.