This year was the 3rd the time that I’ve gone on a road trip to check out Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.
The balloon festival, which happens to be the world’s largest, is an event that I can see myself attending for years to come.
The festival is shy of 10 days long and takes place on a 360 acre plot of land where visitors can play games, watch shows, eat food and course watch hundreds of balloons lift off.
This view is from one of the entrances to the park. It offers a higher view of the festival and tends to be a favorite spot for photographers. There is a red railing lining the edge where you’ll see dozens of photographers with their telephoto lenses snapping away.
Unknown to me until the first time I attended, hot air balloons come as pretty much anything you can imagine. Darth Vader is a crowd favorite. Every year you’ll see two bumblebees that start off “holding hands” that try to launch at the same time.
This year had the most attendants that I have seen. I luckily found a nearby place to park for free and longboarded to the festival. It may have been that I arrived a little late in the morning, but they didn’t charge me an entrance fee and to my pleasure I walked in as Pretty Lights was playing over all of the speakers. : D
One of things that I’ve done a couple of times now is to try to follow the balloons after they launch. The festival field is great for photos but every now and again you can follow them and get a unique angle for your pictures.
If you decide to try it, park away from the fields as the stuffed up traffic can make it difficult to get around.
If I can make it next year I think I might splurge and go up in one. I think it would be worth it. : D