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New Mexico: Balloon Fiesta is here!

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Last night, we attended the media welcome reception in the Media Center tent. Pretty cool (rather, spicy hot) New Mexican food and some great conversation. After we ate and drank our fill, we headed out to get some sunset photos at the launch field. Plus, I got a bonus photo on the way back to the RV!

Launch Field

We strolled down the walkway and stopped right behind the Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion.

A bronze statue of Sid Cutter, the founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
A bronze statue of Sid Cutter, the founder of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Then we set up on the launch field, looking towards the Gondola Club and the tents.

The Gondola Club in the distance.
The Gondola Club in the distance.

And of course, there were some pretty cool cloud formations with the sunset colors.

Wispy clouds catching some sunset colors.
Wispy clouds catching some sunset colors.

On the way back to our RV spot, we drove by Red Gate 30, which has the word Fiesta above the gate. It was lit up for the first time since we arrived, so I got a bonus photo.

The moon and the Fiesta sign.
The moon and the Fiesta sign.

By the time this post is published, we’ll be out and about on the launch field, taking photos and video. Can’t wait to share my favorite photos over the next 9 days!

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