We went on Wednesday, mid week, to hopefully avoid crowds which we did. Got parked, got ticket, shuttle to field, timely balloons, shuttle back and we were on our way back to Santa Fe. Lucky we're not into shopping, so we avoided getting more "stuff" and spending money. A very reasonable price, parking $10.00 and our tickets were $8.00 each -- can't beat that. Wind was perfect. If it is too windy the balloons can't go up -- especially the huge and oddly shaped character balloons. Just the best ballooning conditions and we were so lucky to see them all.
Theme this year was "Enchanted Sunrise" and it sure was. The world's largest ballooning event has more than 550 hot air balloons, including more than 90 special shapes, representing more than 18 countries. Albuquerque's population swells by 500,000 visitors enjoying the world's most-photographed event.
Not much needs to be said, so I'm just posting some photos. Hope you enjoy................
Bundled up, it was a cold morning
We all could get right up to the balloons
The balloons were so close
Hum, a pink elephant??
Wave after wave launching
Over 550 balloons
See the plane trail over balloon
Many planes were flying around
I imagine their view was fantastic
This got blown up, but didn't make it off the ground.
They actually had a "back up" black and
white regular balloon they were able to launch
Color, color, color
Had to change batteries in my camera and the SD card
There were some great character balloons. Things were going up so fast
I'd look up and there would be new creatures.
Even an angry bird made the scene
Love the happy face balloon
Due to trademark - this big
guy is called "Aaron", but we
know who he really is
Is this spider piggy bank?
The 3 bees all took off together
and we thought they were one balloon
Beautiful colorful hummingbird
Evil looking hornet
Balloon from England
The sky was so full of balloons
All bundled up, it was chilly
The End of a fabulous morning we
will never forget. Cross this off the