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Monday, October 10, 2005

Up Up and Away

Last weekend I went to Albuquerque for the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It was a wonderful site to see. Balloons ascending into the atmosphere in every direction. 700 different designs some of them special shapes. The great thing about this festival is that you can walk right up to where the action is and stand next to the balloons. I want to say there is only one downside and that is that you cannot take beer out of the beer garden.

There may be one other thing that some people may not like. The fest starts at 5:45 in the morning. We woke up at 4:30 in order to get to the festival in time for the dawn patrol show. At the dawn patrol show 11 balloons went up in the dark to test the winds and they all turned on the propane to light up at the same time. Right after that the balloons start to inflate and then around 7am they take to the air a couple at a time.

It is possible to take a hot air balloon ride, if you have an extra $245 that you're not doing anything with. These ladies below are taking a ride. I actually have a plan. I thought it was very expensive but I would like to try it, however, I'm afraid of heights. There is a local balloon fest around the 4th of July where for around $20 you can go up in a balloon that is tethered to the ground. That way I can see if I'm scared out of my wits before I take the plunge. Maybe next year.

There were just gobs of balloons.

I really liked the different shaped balloons. They had these bees, a soccer ball and football, a cow, an owl, a car, and a stagecoach just to name a few.

Right after the balloons had gone up they had a parade of old cars.

This was my favorite pic I took. A good ending to the fest. See ya next time bees.

They sell patches and pins commemorating the festival each year. Especially made for Balloon Fest aficionados like this couple.

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There were so many other things to do in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. The shopping is completely nuts. Your feet and your pocketbook will die long before you run out of shops in both Old Town Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Not only is there shopping in Santa Fe but there is also many historical buildings such as the oldest home in America, the Loretto Chapel (home of the miraculous staircase) and the oldest church (there is music on that site).

The first night we were there we took the tram ride up to the top of the Sandia Peak Mountains and had dinner at High Finance Restaurant. The tram ride is 2 miles long, takes you from 6000 ft. to 10,000 feet and takes 15 min to get to the top. At the top of the mountain there were 25mph winds and the temp was only 38 degrees. As my friend Kristine would say, it's freezy.

After all that walking around you think that would be it, but no there's more. A section of Rt. 66 runs right through Albuquerque. That section is know as Nob Hill. They have a ton of old motels, trendy restaurants, and shops.

But wait there is more. I didn't know this but there are a bunch of wineries in New Mexico. We went to two of them. One of them, Casa Rondena was really nice. They had a great area in the back where you can sit and enjoy an glass of wine. This was a really great trip, I cannot wait to go back because there was so much more that we didn't even get to see.


  • At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Kristin said…

    Welcome back, Paula. The baloon pics were FABULOUS! Thanks. But I don't get the Supertramp music. What does it have to do with the Loretto Church? This is a deep mystery indeed.......


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