We got up this morning at 4:30 AM to get ready for the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. We feel very blessed to happen to be here at the right time. We didn't even know about it until we arrived in Albuquerque, this week. You have to be on the field early to see what they call the "Mass Ascensions". Hundreds of balloons are launched from Balloon Fiesta Park in two waves, starting at 7:00 AM, lasting up to a couple of hours.
Albuquerque is the premier ballooning city due to the crystal skies, perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box." With a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure. Balloon Fiesta Park covers over 200 acres and is filled with balloons and vendors selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to Balloon memorabilia. Each year balloons come from around the world to participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world.
The sky was filled with so many beautiful balloons, we took over 900 photos, plus videos. :-) They also had one of the best car shows we have ever seen, immediately after the balloons. I will have to split this blog up into two, one for the balloons and one for the cars. It was incredible!!! I will be adding a ton of pictures, without captions, they all speak for themselves. We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them.
We will be heading toward Texas in the morning. More later from somewhere in Texas.