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Old 07-02-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Cat's in the sky

This balloon flew over our house this a.m. Reminds me of the northwest cat lady's trailer.

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Old 07-02-2017, 10:15 PM   #2
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I wonder if there is a cat onboard? Probably not.

I'd like to take a balloon ride someday.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:44 PM   #3
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I'd like to take a balloon ride someday.
A great place to do that is Albuquerque NM. During the balloon fiesta it's really busy, but there are plenty of balloon companies who offer rides for a large part of the year. Expect to pay at least $150 each however.

https://www.visitalbuquerque.org/things-to-do/air/
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If all goes to plan I hope to pass through ABQ on my way home in early October. If I can snag an overflow spot in the AFB campground there, I'll go to the balloon festival. Won't try to get a ride then, though.
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:24 PM   #5
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This balloon flew over our house this a.m. Reminds me of the northwest cat lady's trailer. Caren
LOVE IT!!!!

Yeah, it does remind me of my trailer. Cool!

I'm going to upload more photos of the trailer's graphics as I finished putting all of them on later this evening.
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Old 07-02-2017, 11:38 PM   #6
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If all goes to plan I hope to pass through ABQ on my way home in early October. If I can snag an overflow spot in the AFB campground there, I'll go to the balloon festival...
One of the highlights of my life was to see the fiesta in Albuquerque. Do not miss the Mass Ascension or the Evening Glow...truly worth it.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:27 AM   #7
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A hot air balloon club out of Colorado Springs, CO, used to launch from my Grandmother's hay field just outside of Westcliffe, CO, and fly along the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of the Colorado Rockies. So as a perk, my wife and I got a free ride one time in a beautiful balloon that looked like a huge strawberry. Lifted off at 8,000 feet elevation and ended up looking DOWN at 14,000 ft peaks. Amazing experience! And a champagne toast at landing was the perfect touch! Highly recommended.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:40 AM   #8
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Tourist season (Winter) in Phoenix and the balloons take the tourista's every morning and evening for sunrise/sunset tours. They usually launch in Scottsdale and land in our backyard. We are so used to 20 balloons in the sky most of the year right by our house that we almost don't notice them as much anymore.
The Albuquerque event is a special one that everyone should go see at some point.
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One of the highlights of my life was to see the fiesta in Albuquerque. Do not miss the Mass Ascension or the Evening Glow...truly worth it.
Thanks for the info. Whether I go or not is hit-or-miss; the Air Force RV park is first-come, first-served, and they have an overflow lot with no hookups. If I'm lucky I can show up and snag a spot in the overflow and stay a day or two. I don't need to see the whole shebang.
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I don't need to see the whole shebang.
One evening and one morning will do it. I didn't even try to buck the parking and/or ticket lines at the event site. I purchased tickets online including the bus ride to and from the site. Show up at some designated pick-up point (usually a mall); the buses roll in, one after the other, load ticket holders, and breeze right into the site to offload the passengers. Obviously, the event planners have this down to a science. The fiesta logistics are amazing...what a well-oiled machine!
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