Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mass Ascension

A daily occurrence (weather permitting) at the ABQ Balloon Fiesta is a Mass Ascension, where hundreds of hot air balloons launch into the clear New Mexico skies.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors are on hand to view the spectacle…

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Cindy launches a hot air balloon!

Cindy wants to volunteer to be a member of a ground crew, so we seek out the registration kiosk (not easy in the dark), and then walk across the huge field to the pilot’s briefing area.  She is soon picked … Continue reading

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Dawn Patrol at the ABQ Balloon Fiesta

It is still dark at 4:30 AM as we prepare to go onto the Fiesta grounds, where 548 balloon teams are readying for their morning flight.  Airplanes are circling overhead, gathering data on wind speeds, directions, and temperatures. The morning … Continue reading

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Elk and Mule Deer at Grand Canyon

We had a beautiful, generously sized campsite at Mather Campground at Grand Canyon.  The first morning we were there, we discovered a family of Rocky Mountain Elk grazing in our campsite.  They were not intimidated in the least by the presence … Continue reading

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Grand Canyon South Rim

On our way to Albuquerque for the International Balloon Fiesta, we stopped for three nights at Grand Canyon, Mather Campground.  We had beautiful autumn weather – cool evenings, but nice warm days. Canyon views from the rim trail are spectacular. … Continue reading

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