There is one reason I wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: hot air balloons. Lots of them. On Saturday, we woke up at 4:30 (yes, that’s AM) and left the hotel by 5:10 so we could see the dawn patrol at 6:45. (The dawn patrol is where a handful of balloons lift off to check the wind and weather conditions prior to the mass ascension – where hundreds of balloons fill the sky at one time – which normally happens around half an hour later.)
My husband, also fed up with camping on the freeway, managed to get off and took a road that went up a hill. There was a gas station there with a nice sized parking lot, which happened to face Balloon Fiesta Park, so we parked. We met a couple of families from out-of-state and commiserated about the traffic (through chattering teeth because it was cold!) Ten minutes later, a security guard informed us that the mass ascension was canceled because of high winds.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I quickly found the bright side of the situation: at least we hadn’t paid for parking and admission. We celebrated our cheapness by going back to the hotel to partake in the FREE cook-to-order breakfast offered by the hotel.
Refusing to accept a wasted trip, we ventured back to the Balloon Fiesta Park later that day. They had a 90-minute chainsaw carving demonstration that my husband and I both found intriguing. What these men created in ninety minutes was simply amazing. I took about thirty pictures of their work, but will only share a few pictures here.
What do you think – do you have a favorite carving?