Carie and I drove down for a quick weekend visit to Albuquerque and the balloon fiesta. 

Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate for our visit. Saturday night was too breezy for the evening glow, a cold front blew through overnight, and Sunday morning was more of the same.

Canon laid out their balloon on Saturday night and attempted to inflate to test the conditions,

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A lot of wait and see,

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Carie tried her hand at wood carving,

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Since the conditions were no good for flying, the balloonists went wild with their burners,

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So American it hurts,

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Twilight,

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We woke up at 5am to get to the park with hopes of a mass farewell ascension of potentially 500+ balloons. We waited in the chilly morning, but the winds would not let up, and the organizers would not give the go-ahead.

Some balloons teasing us from outside of the fest,

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A few groups decided to inflate, likely just to give us a little action, before deflating and packing up,

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Overall, a disappointing outcome, but there was still much sightseeing to do in the area, so we got back in Helga and headed into the mountains 🙂

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