It's been just right at a year since I moved to New Mexico. We woke up early and went to the mall for the "Park and Ride" which is what I would recommend since it will save you the trouble of parking.
We arrived as dawn was beginning to peek over the Sandias.
What a beautiful morning in America.
I found a little history:
From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1000 pilots.
The first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque. The following year, 13 countries took part in the "First World Hot Air Balloon Championship", the world's largest ballooning event, held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. By 1978 Albuquerque was playing host to 273 entries. The number of balloons steadily increased, with 600 in 1988 and 903 balloons in 1999. The organizers of the Balloon Fiesta registered over 1000 balloons in the year 2000. Balloon Fiesta Background
It was an amazing experience. I also have had difficulty with my internet service at my current residence so updating this blog has been nearly impossible and extremely frustrating. I live on a Navajo Reservation in western New Mexico and the digital divide is a real issue.
I really enjoy living in the west. Albuquerque is a great town.
I really don't need to write a lot here so I'll just share images from the event.
It was a "bucket list" kind of event. I've always wanted to go to this event.
The first balloon festival that I attended was in Gainesville, Texas in 2013. My lens broke that evening. It was too windy for the balloons to fly.
The moon was out and it was a beautiful morning.
What a crowd!
This is the world's largest hot air balloon.
So many images.
Come to New Mexico!