I’m going to delay until next week Parts 1 and 2 on my photo series on the Three Rivers Petroglyphs. Instead, all this week I’m going to bring you a colorful four-part series on this year’s 42nd Annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Then, on Fun Photo Friday, I’ll present a fifth series of hot air balloon pictures that represent my favorite pictures from this extraordinarily fun outing.
If it’s fall, it’s Hot Air Balloon time in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s trip to this annual event was our third, but the first in a dozen years. That means that all my preceding shots of this awesome opportunity for colorfully whimsical photography are all pre-digital age. It was way past time for another trip to this, the world’s largest hot air balloon festival. This annual nine-day event is held the first full week in October and encompasses the weekends bracketing that week.
Make sure you’re well rested, because your day will start early. Our day began at 4:00 A.M. with a wake-up in our room at the Baymont. Before our wake-up, our alarm clock looked like this:
And afterward it appeared thusly:
But I digress. This is an early morning event if you want to see hundreds of hot air balloons take flight into the cold (yes, bring a jacket), clear skies above Albuquerque. There are evening events, but those involve mostly non-flying activities such as an evening “Balloon Glow” and fireworks. Go before sunrise and you’ll get that balloon glow anyway as the “Dawn Patrol” readies to lead the way for the mass ascension as the sun peeks out over the Sandia Mountains.
By the way, there’s more hot air here than there is in the U.S. House of Representatives. Don’t believe me? Here’s the Albuquerque equivalent of Speaker John Beohner:
Enough of the political commentary. Let’s get to the photo gallery (click on any image below to bring up the show):