Bosque del Apache

You do not have to be a birder to enjoy Bosque del Apache Refuge.  When the natural flooding of the Rio Grande was contained, this land was set aside to protect the migrating birds. It is one of the largest refuges in the country. Using a system of canals that can be diverted to flood … Continue reading Bosque del Apache

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta RV Parking

As other bloggers have written, parking your RV at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta “standard” lot is the way to go when you attend. It is “dry camping” but the shuttle bus alone is worth the location.  The shuttle has dedicated travel lanes that make getting to the launch field a breeze. There are also … Continue reading Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta RV Parking

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Wrap-up

I am sitting in the Bighorn, enjoying the cool air and the first quiet break from the happenings of the week. Many of our neighbors left today, but we have decided to venture out tomorrow. We were fortunate to be able to attend six sessions of the Fiesta. The tickets are good for either a … Continue reading Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Wrap-up

Up, Up, and Away

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a family event.  There are a lot of families that attend every day in part because there are lots of balloons and also because children under 12 years old get in free.  Adults have to pay $10 per session.  Public schools are on Fall Break this week so many … Continue reading Up, Up, and Away

Sandia Mountains and Santa Fe

One of the great things about RVing and going to the balloon festivals like this one is that you get to meet some fellow RVers. When we arrived in Albuquerque and were getting set up, we met Glenn and Marsha. They were camped next to us. They are both from New Mexico and they know … Continue reading Sandia Mountains and Santa Fe

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – Day 2

  We got up early again to catch the shuttle bus to the balloon launch field.  We enjoyed the first day so much, we did not think today would be even better.  Because of even more favorable conditions for ballooning, even more teams came out.  At the Fiesta there are over 500 balloons, 1000 pilots, … Continue reading Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – Day 2

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – The Gas Balloon Competition and Balloon Glow

The first evening of the Fiesta, weather permitting, is the launch of the gas balloons. These balloon teams compete for the longest distance traveled non-stop. This too is an international event, named America’s Challenge, with teams from Poland, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the United States. Teams can also be comprised of members from other countries. … Continue reading Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta – The Gas Balloon Competition and Balloon Glow