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“Be the sunshine and lift everyone up like a hot air balloon.”~ Unknown

October 3, 2022

Today we got up at 4:00 A.M. in order to attend one of the highlights of our trip, the Balloon Fiesta. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a yearly hot air balloon festival that takes place in early October. It is a nine-day event and has over 500 hot air balloons each year far from its humble beginnings of merely 13 balloons in 1972. This year was its 50th anniversary and despite last evening’s events being canceled due to high winds, and a chance of cancellation today, we were fortunate that when the sun rose over the mountains, a rainbow appeared in the sky, the winds died down and the balloon fiesta began!

“Just think of happy thoughts and you’ll fly.”

~ Peter Pan

The process of being up close to the balloon teams and seeing all the teamwork that goes into laying out the balloon, untangling the ropes, filling the balloon with air from a giant fan to become airborne was amazing.

“The man who goes up in a balloon does not feel as though he were ascending; he only sees the earth sinking deeper below him.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer

The sounds of the propane filling the balloons, the cheers of the crowds when the balloons become airborne; the sights of them rising higher and higher and being in the middle of it felt breathtaking. it was as if one was surrounded by joy.

“Don’t just fly, soar!” ~ Dumbo

It felt as if my camera had a mind of its own, just one more photo, it would say, and then we would spy another beautiful balloon in flight and I had to take another dozen photos.

“The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.”

~Alberto Santos Dumont.

Today was an unforgettable day, one for making memories! I’ll leave you with a few more of my favorite photos and one of my favorite songs!

Wouldn’t you like to ride in my beautiful balloon?
Wouldn’t you like to glide in my beautiful balloon?
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly

Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

The world’s a nicer place in my beautiful balloon
It wears a nicer face in my beautiful balloon
We can sing a song and sail along the silver sky
For we can fly

Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon

Suspended under a twilight canopy
We’ll search the clouds for a star to guide us on
If by some chance you find yourself loving me
We’ll find a cloud to hide us, keep the moon beside us

Love is waiting there in my beautiful balloon
Way up in the air in my beautiful balloon
If you’ll hold my hand we’ll chase your dreams across the sky
For we can fly

Up, up and away in my beautiful, my beautiful balloon
Up and away, up, up and away, up, up and away.”

Up Up and Away by Dionne Warwick

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