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Trip Report Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - what it's like

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Someone just posted about the fiesta, which starts tomorrow. They said they would love for someone to post a report about it if they were going. A link was attached, and apparently it got deleted because someone thought it was an ad. I don't think it was, I didn't click the link but I thing the person simply put the link in because that was where they learned about the fiesta. I took the time to write a reply and then when I tried to post it, the thread was gone.

So, for the person who wanted to know what the fiesta was like:

I live in the area. This is something that should be on everyone's bucket list. There is nothing like the majesty of 500+ balloons launching into the skies as the sun comes up. The variety of shapes, sizes, colors as they line up and inflate and then lift off is mesmerizing!

At night, the balloons are tethered and they inflate and then do short "burns" which make them glow - these events are know as glowdeo's.

This time of year has our best whether - azure blue skies, abundant, brilliant sunshine and mild temperatures. It is cold in the dark of the morning, before lift off, so folks are bundled up, drinking hot cocoa, eating breakfast burritos and cinnamon buns, the unofficial breakfast of fiesta.

The balloons lift off in waves of about 20 at a time; they have lined up and the ascend row by row.

I have been lucky enough to have flown over a dozen times. It is so quiet as you float over the beautiful southwest landscape. The only sound is the "whoosh" from the pulls of the propane as the pilot burns to gain lift. There is something magical about being able to look over the side of the basket and see you own shadow on the ground below. It is the closest I'll ever get to being a bird in flight.

http://www.balloonfiesta.com/

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