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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta!

One of my favorite things about moving to Colorado is that I’ll be able to explore the western side of our country more. I spent just about all my life so far on the east coast, so this is just a great opportunity to see more of the USA. One place I wanted to see is our lovely southern sister state of New Mexico.

The Land of Enchantment (who is lucky enough to have a state nickname like this???) is an interesting place for sure. Their biggest city, Albuquerque, has a teeny little balloon party every year called the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: a 9 day world-renowned hot air balloon festival that has over 500 balloons and averages over 80,000 attendees. It can be considered a big deal by some. Kristen and I have been talking about this event for quite some time, so took the trip down during the first week of October.

Hot air balloons. If you think about it, a really weird contraption of a large, thick plastic attached to a big basket being blown up into the air with some powerful fire. But DAMN THEY ARE MAJESTIC.

PS – I’m going to post more on our trip down later… but here are a few snapshots.
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So. Back to New Mexico. We spent Friday night watching fireworks. Saturday morning, we had to arrive at the fiesta! really early. It was cold. It was windy. It was dark.
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There were also an insane amount of couples huddling for warmth around me…. 😡

We were READY for the balloons! But then… the clouds came up. I really hate clouds. But the event went on, and we were still mesmerized by what was going on around us, regardless of weather.
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I don’t know who he wants to beat Texas or who he was at all, but I support his cause.
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COOOOOOOOOOOO!
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There were a great deal of balloons. And I noticed when we were walking around that everyone there just seemed so genuinely HAPPY to be watching. That was probably my favorite part of the whole thing.

Then the whole morning really unraveled and we changed our plans for the day. Stay tuned to see how we spent the rest of the day exploring Albuquerque, and for posts of the adorable Colorado mountain towns we stopped in along the way!

Sunday morning, we decided to watch the hot air balloons from above the Rio Grande Valley. While we were a bit far from them, it was pretty neat to see all the balloons in the distance against the mountains and the weird cloud formations. Thanks Albuquerque, for having a weird ass event every year!
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