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Albuquerque, NM - Balloon Fiesta Primary RV Parking, our site

Albuquerque, NM - Balloon Fiesta Primary RV Parking, our site, another view

Albuquerque, NM - Balloon Fiesta Primary RV Parking, there are still some...

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Kirtland to Albuquerque, NM 0 - our route - 183 miles

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It was a pleasant 183 mile trip from Kirtland down to Albuquerque, NM. It was all high desert scenery and we managed to give the Mothership a drink just before reaching Albuquerque so we would have plenty of fuel to run the generator as we knew we would be dry camping without any utilities at the Balloon Fiesta.

We stayed at what they call the Standard RV Parking area of the Balloon Fiesta. This is an area facing a field where many of the balloons land after leaving the balloon field at the Fiesta Park. Like I stated earlier it is dry camping so we came in with a full fuel tank, full water tank and empty waste tanks. We were fine for the four nights we spent there. We are happy that we changed plans from the COE park and stayed at the Balloon Fiesta grounds as it was so convenient and we loved being able to watch all the landings on the morning we left. Ironically, the hosts at the COE in Cochiti called us the first morning we were at the Balloon Fiesta and told us the Corp had allowed the campground to remain open until the 12th. Since we had already paid for four nights at the Balloon Fiesta grounds, we told them we would cancel the first four nights but be there the last three. It worked out great.

We picked up my Aunt at the airport without incident Wednesday night and we have had a great time visiting and seeing the Fiesta over the weekend. We were up bright and early Saturday and Sunday to attend the mass ascensions where about 500 balloons go up. It was so much better this time than it was two years ago when we attended and the weather didn't cooperate. I have included way too many pictures but the Fiesta is so colorful and unique, it's hard to restrict the quantity of pictures posted. I did take over 500 pictures so I only posted about 20% of them. :-)

We will be at the Cochiti COE for the next three nights and drive back down to the Fiesta Thursday morning for the Shape Rodeo before we leave Cochiti.

PS. I have just added the new shapes we hadn't seen until this morning just before leaving Cochiti for Fort Sumner

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