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Balloon Fiesta

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I thought I'd post a few pics of the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. We got up at 4:30 this morning in order to make it for the "Dawn Patrol," which are the first three pictures. It's difficult to get good pictures, but I got a few that are passable. They certainly don't do it justice, it is quite spectacular. Anyway, here we go...

 

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ok, the rest are gonna be pretty random...

 

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Yeah, this was on one of the balloons. More on that later:

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Believe it or not, there's more. :sniffle: I'll try to post more tomorrow.

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Thanks, Ian! It really was fun. Here's some more:

 

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Pigs CAN fly!

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Pigs CAN fly!

 

Well, of course they can!! :sniffle:

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Wow, so were they offering rides? Did you go up in one?

 

I like the eagle, but the cow is cute.

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There's only one company that is authorized to provide rides during the balloon fiesta. A lot of the balloons are visitors from around the US and numerous other countries.

 

I would love to go up in one, but I believe it's quite pricey. Maybe next year!! Of course here in Albuquerque you can get rides year-round, but during the Fiesta would be the best time, imo.

 

Yeah, all the shapes are cute, but Darth Vader is by far the most popular. It's very difficult to get close enough to get pics before it launches. There was even someone dressed as a storm trooper walking around, but I never did get close enough to get a pic of him.

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These are the last ones, I promise!

 

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Great pictures! My dad took us there one year (sometime in the early 80'), it was a lot of fun. :eekout:

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Pigs CAN fly!

I suspect it isn't a real pig. All the girls who said they would have sex with me when pigs fly haven't called yet.

 

I was actually in town for the last couple days of the festival. The flights were canceled when that test balloon hit the power line with one death and one injury and again the next day due to high winds.

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