Last week I made a quick trip to Santa Fe.
When I heard that the Albuquerque balloon fiesta would be going on while I was there, I knew it was something I had to see. A couple of friends joined me on the early expedition – up at 4:45 AM and out the door at 5:00AM. Blurry eyed, we made our way down the highway for the forty-five minute drive to the festival in north Albuquerque.
A ballet of performance art unfolded before my eyes as the balloons inflated with striking colors and sometimes playful shapes. People would quickly clamor into the baskets and with the fire blazing and a cheer from the crowd below, the elegant flying apparatus would float up into the sky.
This was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend to everyone. It was surprisingly organized and easy to get to and in and out of. There were food vendors and a fair like atmosphere where we were able to meander amongst the balloons as they were being inflated.