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Balloon Fiesta!

10/12/2013

This week was the 42nd International Balloon Fiesta, and my 3rd, here in Albuquerque.  If you have never been to it, it is amazing.  The size and scope of the balloons is really hard to describe.  The sheer number of balloons in the sky at one time is awe-inspiring and seeing the various special shapes flying is mind-blowing.   This year had the most flying years since we’ve moved here with only 1 day being cancelled due to high winds.  And the winds that day ended up being so bad that a train West of ABQ was actually blown off of the tracks.  But the rest of the days gave quite a show.

My family went to the launch ground at Balloon Fiesta Park on 2 mornings and we watched from our house the rest of the days.  Being on the ground is really worth the trip at least once.  My wife’s employer is one of the sponsors and put on a good time for the employees and families by offering hot drinks, breakfast and a great view.  I’m going to post a lot of photos here and will let them speak for themselves as much as I can.

Each flying day begins with the Dawn Patrol.  A few balloons equipped with running lights that lead the way and check the winds for everyone else.

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Propane burner

Propane burner

Raising the Colors at dawn.

Raising the Colors at dawn.

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Annabell the flying cow

Annabell the flying cow

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Zia Balloon

Zia Balloon

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Balloon in the Bosque, there are so many in the air at once that landing spots can be slim pickens.

Balloon in the Bosque, there are so many in the air at once that landing spots can be slim pickens.

And here are some views from our house in Rio Rancho, which is North-West of Balloon Fiesta Park.

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touchdown!

touchdown!

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That’s it for the balloon photos.  I hope that everyone uses the Fiesta as an excuse to visit Albuquerque and New Mexico.  I’ll certainly miss it for the next few years while we’ll be away.

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

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