When pigs and cows fly in Albuquerque it can only mean that it is time for the annual International Balloon Fiesta week.
Our timing this morning was much better than opening weekend last Sunday morning when we showed up all excited to see the Mass Ascension of the balloons. Opening day was last Saturday and we read in the paper about how well everything turned out for the first day. But we couldn’t get there until Sunday morning and on that day the high altitude winds prevented the balloons from launching. We saw a lot of them get inflated but none of them were lifting off and eventually we got the word that the launch had been canceled.
When a Balloon Fiesta event is canceled, the tickets can be used for another event. So at 6:00am this morning, even though the skies were overcast, we made the trip once again down to Balloon Fiesta park. It’s the winds, not the overcast conditions, that prevent the launches so it was all systems go. We had a wonderful time running all over the field to try to get up close and personal with everything that was going on. It wasn’t a Special Shapes Rodeo like I attended last year, but some of the same special shaped balloons that I remembered launched along with the others.
One of my favorites is the Creamland Dairy cow balloon because it is just so huge. It’s hard to grasp the immensity from a few photos but here is a link to some of the sights we saw today. Can’t wait until Balloon Fiesta again next year.