What’s in Albuquerque? That’s what everybody was asking me in response to “I’m going to NM for the weekend.” Well, the initial┬áplan was to visit a couple of national parks, but with the government shutdown, we changed our plans. We almost cancelled the trip, but luckily my friends from work told me about the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. It’s an annual event that takes place during 10 days in October and it just happened that the Sat. and Sun. we were planning to be in NM were the last days of the Fiesta. Over 500 hot air balloons in one place – sign me up!

Walking through old town ABQ I saw dried chili peppers everywhere.
Walking through old town ABQ there were dried chili peppers everywhere.
More red chili
More red chili
Witnessed a Mexican wedding in the center of old town. These were the bridesmaids.
Witnessed a Mexican wedding in the center of old town. These were the bridesmaids.
Inside a hot air balloon.
Inside a hot air balloon.
Saw for the first time how the hot air balloons are lifted up from the ground
Saw for the first time how the hot air balloons are lifted up from the ground
The night glow
The night glow
The morning ascension of hundreds of balloons at the same time. I felt like and tiny ant among giant mushrooms:)
The morning ascension of hundreds of balloons at the same time. I felt like and tiny ant among giant mushrooms:)

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Just to show the size of the balloons
Just to show the size of the balloons
The wide angle view of the ascension.
The wide angle view of the ascension.

October 13, 2013

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