Monday, October 8, 2007

Home from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Talk about a FAST trip. We left here about 8:30 CDT Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 to go to Albuquerque, NM for the annual Balloon Fiesta. There was Kathleen, Mike, Zachary, Zane, Ross, and me - two cars. We stopped in Tucumcari for breakfast at Denny's then on to our hotel in Albuquerque. Check in there was 2 p.m. and we got there about 1 p.m. MDT. So we decided to go check out the place where the fiesta is held so we would could come back later and have some fun. We all piled in Mike and Kathleen's car so we did not have to fight for parking. Because we were there before 4 p.m. we got to park free and enter the area free. Cool! That meant we stayed and played free. Bad. Because we had left our tennis shoes and good cameras and "stuff" in the other car! Oh well, I was so glad I had my little trusty Canon in my purse!












We went to the wine tasting. Lovely area set up with several different wines. That was an extra $10 per adult but you got a souvenir wine glass to keep. And the kids went in with us so that was not a problem. That was a great break in the day. They were supposed to have a "glow" but that was cancelled due to the winds. After we found that out we made a few more stops on what I call the midway (like a fair after all) then headed to our hotel to check in. Our hotel was about a mile - maybe a mile and a half - away. From there we watched the fireworks. Very cool! Kathleen and I took the kids swimming while Ross and Mike went to the casino. But all of us were in bed by 10 so we could get up at 4:45!!!
Since our hotel was such a short way from the balloon launch area, we decided to get up and walk to it the next morning. It was great and we were glad we did. Even at 5:15 the traffic was unbelievable. And COLD! Have I said how cold it was? When we first got there we got us some hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. Then we wandered and tried to stay warm. It was still not decided if the balloons would launch as there was a bit of a breeze aloft. Finally the Dawn Patrol started getting ready. What a site. Here are some first pictures of that. For more photos go to my Webshots page here or link on the sidebar.















So, let me tell you a few tips for visiting the Balloon Fiesta:
  1. Take LOTS of money. The entry fee is not bad - $6 for adults $0 for kids under 12. The food is exorbitant!!! A bottled drink is $3! Even the water! Cotton candy is $5. Hot chocolate $2-3. Hot dog - plain - $3. Curly fries $5-6. The very best buy was a 32 oz REAL iced tea for $3. That was wonderful. You cannot (or at least we did not) find any water fountains. Sad!
  2. It is COLD in the mornings. We had on jeans, shirts, another shirt, jackets, tennis shoes. You need coats, hot drinks (take thermos), gloves, a hat or cover for the ears. The gloves I wanted the most.
  3. Take in a cooler and food and water. And chairs! Or at least a blanket to sit on. You get tired of standing.
  4. Of course, take your camera! Wow, wow, wow! And batteries.
  5. Flashlight is very nice to have. It is DARK at 5:45 in the morning and 8:00 at night.
  6. Be prepared to wait - and wait. At the park is not so bad, after all, you are waiting for the fun stuff. But when you are waiting in lines for souvenirs or food or just to get in or out, be patient. You will get there. Oh, and be prepared for lots of detours. They rearrange roads just for this fiesta!

I am sure there are other things you all know about this. Share!!

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Maria said...

I have always wanted to do this Becky! WOW it sounds like great fun!

Michelle said...

Hi Becky...Love your site...and to answer your comment on my page, yes I cross stitch..I make my own patterns...WINK...Made some neat kits out of them too...Thanks for all your comments..xoxo
Crafty Scraps

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Home from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Talk about a FAST trip. We left here about 8:30 CDT Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007 to go to Albuquerque, NM for the annual Balloon Fiesta. There was Kathleen, Mike, Zachary, Zane, Ross, and me - two cars. We stopped in Tucumcari for breakfast at Denny's then on to our hotel in Albuquerque. Check in there was 2 p.m. and we got there about 1 p.m. MDT. So we decided to go check out the place where the fiesta is held so we would could come back later and have some fun. We all piled in Mike and Kathleen's car so we did not have to fight for parking. Because we were there before 4 p.m. we got to park free and enter the area free. Cool! That meant we stayed and played free. Bad. Because we had left our tennis shoes and good cameras and "stuff" in the other car! Oh well, I was so glad I had my little trusty Canon in my purse!












We went to the wine tasting. Lovely area set up with several different wines. That was an extra $10 per adult but you got a souvenir wine glass to keep. And the kids went in with us so that was not a problem. That was a great break in the day. They were supposed to have a "glow" but that was cancelled due to the winds. After we found that out we made a few more stops on what I call the midway (like a fair after all) then headed to our hotel to check in. Our hotel was about a mile - maybe a mile and a half - away. From there we watched the fireworks. Very cool! Kathleen and I took the kids swimming while Ross and Mike went to the casino. But all of us were in bed by 10 so we could get up at 4:45!!!
Since our hotel was such a short way from the balloon launch area, we decided to get up and walk to it the next morning. It was great and we were glad we did. Even at 5:15 the traffic was unbelievable. And COLD! Have I said how cold it was? When we first got there we got us some hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls. Then we wandered and tried to stay warm. It was still not decided if the balloons would launch as there was a bit of a breeze aloft. Finally the Dawn Patrol started getting ready. What a site. Here are some first pictures of that. For more photos go to my Webshots page here or link on the sidebar.















So, let me tell you a few tips for visiting the Balloon Fiesta:
  1. Take LOTS of money. The entry fee is not bad - $6 for adults $0 for kids under 12. The food is exorbitant!!! A bottled drink is $3! Even the water! Cotton candy is $5. Hot chocolate $2-3. Hot dog - plain - $3. Curly fries $5-6. The very best buy was a 32 oz REAL iced tea for $3. That was wonderful. You cannot (or at least we did not) find any water fountains. Sad!
  2. It is COLD in the mornings. We had on jeans, shirts, another shirt, jackets, tennis shoes. You need coats, hot drinks (take thermos), gloves, a hat or cover for the ears. The gloves I wanted the most.
  3. Take in a cooler and food and water. And chairs! Or at least a blanket to sit on. You get tired of standing.
  4. Of course, take your camera! Wow, wow, wow! And batteries.
  5. Flashlight is very nice to have. It is DARK at 5:45 in the morning and 8:00 at night.
  6. Be prepared to wait - and wait. At the park is not so bad, after all, you are waiting for the fun stuff. But when you are waiting in lines for souvenirs or food or just to get in or out, be patient. You will get there. Oh, and be prepared for lots of detours. They rearrange roads just for this fiesta!

I am sure there are other things you all know about this. Share!!

2 comments:

Maria said...

I have always wanted to do this Becky! WOW it sounds like great fun!

Michelle said...

Hi Becky...Love your site...and to answer your comment on my page, yes I cross stitch..I make my own patterns...WINK...Made some neat kits out of them too...Thanks for all your comments..xoxo
Crafty Scraps

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