Our lives now include living at one of the nicest senior communities in the USA. Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, CA. We will still travel in the RV but not full time.

The American Flag Balloon, my first to stand beside in the dark of the AM

The 10 balloons fire up in unison

This warmed me up!

Wow! Assention

Balloon festival. What a great cold early morning experience in  Albuquerque.  You get up at 3:45 and head out on the freeway with others doing the same thing.  You arrive to the most organized event you have ever been to.  Police have freeway exits set up for perfect parking control.  Handicapped parking has golf cart style pick up that takes Russ to a great bench seat.  The midway is lit up for about  1/2 mile of every kind of hot drink and junk food.  Yes I did have a Dunkin Donut!!  Also a breakfast burrito and about 3 cups of coffee which cooled down fast in the 42 degree weather.  Absolutely loved walking out in the dark, following truck lights to the 10 early balloons and standing right next to the American Flag balloon as it is inflating.  Helped to be next to the heat, too.

After the early assention I visited with people cuddled up to Russ on the bench and waited for day break.  Suddenly a couple hundred balloons were filling with air-so back out on the field among people from all over the world and of every age. ( the first day over 600 balloons went up and Albuquerque beat France for the most to assend on an opening day.)

Does anyone know how to spell “ascend”.  ?????? assend????

Getting ready at daybreak



















This was my favorite


Are we having fun yet? Yes! But I sure need to pee!

Comments on: "Balloon Festival in Albuquerque-thrilling" (2)

  1. Shirley said:

    What a wonderful vicarious experience – and I didn’t even have to get up and out in the middle of the night! (‘ascend’ is correct!)

  2. Oh Kristi I am so going to do this some day! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Pam T.

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