Sunday, October 28, 2012

Balloon Fiesta!

Pretty much everyone who heard we were moving to ABQ told us that we HAD to go to the Balloon Fiesta.  So we did.  And it is amazing!!!
We got tickets to go to the Mass Ascension for Saturday morning.  We got up, got to the Park & Ride, got in a school bus and headed to the park.  We were almost to the park (about 30 min away) when they announced the balloons wouldn't go up.  We were SO disappointed.  Oh, let me tell you that we go to the Park & Ride at 5ish in the morning for crying out loud.  So we turned around, or tried to turn around forever.... so we were on the bus for over two hours straight.  Eliza was SO disappointed since we'd told her that we were getting up to see balloons which made it more disappointing for us.  Luckily, they re-set our tickets so we could go another day.
We were too nervous to try to do it the next morning again for fear of it being cancelled again, so we got up around 7, checked the website and saw they were going up and drove to a road to watch them.
Once we saw them and watched them for an hour, I so wished we could have been able to see it from the field!  Oh well, next year hopefully!
So anyway, we sat in the car and enjoyed the balloons.
 
 We looked at the rest of the schedule to try to decide when to re-use our tickets, but the only time we could go was Sunday night to the Balloon Glow.  Go ahead and judge us for going on Sunday.  We talked about it and we 1. were together, 2. would have lost our tickets if we wouldn't have gone that night, and 3. didn't buy anything.
We walked around and waited and then all the sudden, some started to blow up.  And then it seemed like within a minute 20 more were up.  And it just kept going and going.  It was INCREDIBLE and almost breath-taking!  It's so cool to stand RIGHT next to the balloon's going up!
 Once the sun went down, the loud speaker would count down and then all at once, they would all light their fire things so they would glow at the same time.  It was fun.  We walked around and around and looked at them all.  Eliza loved it and we loved it.  Hopefully we can go see the full deal next year!

11 comments:

Papa said...

What was Eliza's favorite balloon? How about yours? Great pictures....didn't know pictures taken on Sunday would turn out so well!

FINDING PEACE IN 2012 said...

It makes me miss ABQ! That was my favorite time of year! I love seeing the sky filled with balloons! I bet Eliza loved it!

jodie said...

That is so awesome! Very cool that you got to see it up close. I laughed at the going on Sunday part - you are awesome.

Jessie said...

Hahaha, I cracked up at the "judge us for going on Sunday" part, too. No need to justify it to us--I totally think you were just fine going. :)

Looks like so much fun--I'm still kicking myself for us never making it to Provo's balloon festival while we lived there. I'm glad you got to enjoy this one while you live there.

Papa said...

No judgment at all....and you do not need to justify your actions....after all weren't the balloons headed toward heaven...well there you go!

Dawn said...

No judging for going on a Sunday. What a fun Sunday activity with your family. I've heard wonderful things about it. Thanks for sharing pictures

Sarah said...

Wow - so amazing! I have heard about this and it's on the bucket list for sure. :)

*Aliese* said...

So cool! And no judging here. ;) What a great thing to be able to see!

Des said...

Very, very cool. Riding in a hot air balloon is on my bucket list. Now it looks like I will have to add the Balloon Fiesta to that list as well!

jenna marie said...

that looks like sooo much fun! I love Marty's head shaped like a balloon. So cool! Bet that becomes a regular tradition so long as you live there. =)

The Judd Family said...

That looks like so much fun. Your kids are so cute!