Now, you may remember, from way back, when we first announced our New Mexico Road Trip plan, the inspiration for our cousins' excursion was the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. This is the event around which, we built our road trip adventure! (see New Mexico Road Trip is Born). So, today, we are going to talk about the particulars of this spectacular event! Both Tanya and I (and our respective troops!) arrive in Albuquerque on October 3rd. We decided if we were going to go to Balloon Fiesta, we had to bear witness to two main events. The first is the Mass Ascension when the hot air balloons are launched. This is done on specific days (Balloon Fiesta Schedule) and led by a balloon flying the American Flag to the sound of our National Anthem. We plan to be there bright and early on day 1 (Saturday, October 4th) to see these giant balloons take off and make their way into the sky. The scheduled time is 7:00AM (weather permitting), but the field opens at 5AM to visitors. We will be there bright and early, with all the kids!
Tanya and I both decided that one day of rooster wake up times will be enough for the kids. So, instead of an early day on Sunday (Day 2), we will instead start our day at a normal hour, do some local touring activities and then go back to the field for the second great event at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta - the Balloon Glows. This is an evening event, in which the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time! We can only imagine how unbelievably gorgeous this must look and will therefore, traverse back with the whole gang. If this isn't enough, Balloon Glows is followed by a magnificent fireworks display!
From the looks of things, there are quite a number of activities on site such as Arts and Crafts, Balloon rides, food stations and more. I know we are going to have a blast! We plan to blog daily from this spectacular event with photos and videos so mark your calendar for October 4th & 5th to check on on our site and on Facebook and Twitter for our postings!
See you next week for Part 9.