Departing NC after 8 days of rain, we were initially disappointed to arrive in NM to find it raining
and 59 degrees. Not that we were troubled by the rain, per se, but we knew bad weather would affect the ability of the balloons to go up. Within 2 hours of our arrival, the rain had stopped and the temperature shot up 25 degrees. Rain and low lying clouds did affect some of the events over the next few days, but for the most part activities were able to go off, more or less, as planned.
At 6:30 A.M., several balloon light up on the field for the Morning Glow. The lighting in the early morning darkness, made the 4:30 wake up time worthwhile. Staying only about 2 miles from the Balloon Fiesta Park, enabled us to "sleep in", but
One-third mile of vendors provide food and souvenirs for purchase next to the field, and a variety of other activities take place in conjunction with the balloon activities, and then through the day, like the Chainsaw Carving Invitational, and a juried Arts and Crafts Show. Entertainment by the New Mexico State University Band and the Navy Band Southwest were offered on the mornings we came for the balloon launches. All in all a wonderful event, and certainly glad we were able to make this trip!
|At 4 P.M., scarcely a soul around|
|At 6 P.M., thousands filled the field|