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Old 09-23-2014, 11:17 PM   #1
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Albuquerque Balloon Festival

We've wanted to go for years and this is the year we're going. So I'm wondering if I'm going to see any Escapes in the campground. You notice I didn't say "any other". Sadly ours is going to stay at home while we attend the festival in, gasp, a Cruise America box on wheels

They're not all that bad, if you overlook the daily trauma at the gas pump. In the last year we've crossed the US, coast to coast, in them. With limited time they've allowed us to fly to the starting point a lot quicker than if we'd driven down. In this case we're delivering one from LA to Mesa with a minor detour to the South Rim and the festival.

So we'll be walking around the camping areas looking for Escapes, who's going?

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Old 09-23-2014, 11:38 PM   #2
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We will be in the VIP (misnamed , should be Very Expensive Boondocking) section October 9-12 in our 19' Escape. My brother will hopefully be next to us in their pickup camper.
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:07 AM   #3
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This was on my List, too, and I managed to get there a couple of years ago. It is truly a thrill. Do not miss the Mass Ascension in the mornings or the late evening "Glows." And the absolute best way into the events (if not staying onsite) is to go to one of the Park & Ride lots; purchase your tickets online at a discount. The people running this show have it down to a military science and it's not worth your time to figure out parking, ticketing, etc., or to fight the traffic.
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Old 09-24-2014, 02:11 AM   #4
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Too bad Doug, won't get to say hi, we're there from the 3rd to 6th.

Oh well, maybe next year at Moab, if there's going to be another meet there.

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Old 09-24-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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Too bad Doug, won't get to say hi, we're there from the 3rd to 6th.

Oh well, maybe next year at Moab, if there's going to be another meet there.

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Hi Ron,

We also met you guys in Moab and live in Abq. Unfortunately we will be out of town until the evening of the 5th, would have been fun to see you. If you could roll your trip back a week we could have a mini Moab reunion. Planning to see Doug and Karen after their VIP weekend at the ballon field.
Karen's tip about park and ride is a good one if you want to go to the field to see an am launch or evening ballon glow. Keep an eye on the weather as they won't do anything if it's windy.
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Old 09-24-2014, 11:05 AM   #6
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For those of you in the PNW that might not be able to make Albuquerque, Prosser, WA has a great little balloon festival. A little late now but keep it in mind. We've been several times. The weather is always great. Fun place to visit, lots of wineries (Wine Country RV Park is very close to the airfield).

Home - Prosser Balloon Rally

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Old 09-24-2014, 02:34 PM   #7
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I met friends from PA at the Festiva a few years ago. In order to get next to each other, we met at a casino parking lot, then drove in one after another in order to get sites next to each other. One morning while drinking our coffee outside, the balloons were landing in a field not far from where we were parked. What a site!!
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Old 09-24-2014, 06:11 PM   #8
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Hi Ron,

If you could roll your trip back a week we could have a mini Moab reunion. Planning to see Doug and Karen after their VIP weekend at the ballon field.

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A mini Moab would be fun, oh well, guess we'll have to wait for the real one.

"roll your trip back a week" Oh man, I wouldn't dare suggest that. M. is such a great planner. She's got everything organized and booked, from flights to shuttles to campgrounds. Asking her to change everything by a week.... I couldn't run fast enough

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We were there last year with our trailer (we live just on the other side of the mountain) and had a great time. The shuttle from the 'campground' to the Fiesta park was extremely convenient. 15 minutes from leaving the door of the trailer to walking onto the launch field. The 'campground' is really just a large sand/dirt lot that you park in and they temporarily string services to the more expensive sites. But it is the perfect way to see the event!
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You must be on the field not later than 5 AM. You'll be the guy with the Cruise America lanyard around his neck. I might not get back from a trip in time but If I get there I'll be looking for you, Ron.
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