Prepping for Fiesta

The last few weeks have been busy for me as I help to prepare the RV parking area for the hundreds of rigs headed this way for the 50th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  This place, like others where I spent a lot of time with Storm is filled with bittersweet memories for me.

I think he would be amazed that I have joined the layout crew.  When not needed to stuff goody bags for arriving guests, I help mark the dirt with parking places for RVs.  When Storm and I volunteered here before women were not allowed to participate in this work.  I like it because it is outdoors and it keeps me busy until Fiesta starts.

Even though Fiesta does not begin until Oct 1, balloons are up each morning prior to the opening.
A 20' rod helps me mark the space width for an RV
Sadly the rain washed away the lime markings I made for the front of the RV site. Had to mark them again the next day.
When we can get together in the afternoons, my friends and I have a jam session.
This double rainbow marks the end of a downpour that erased all the lime that marked the RV spaces. More work for the volunteers!!!!
Each morning more and more balloons take to the sky. Hundreds will be overhead once Fiesta starts. This one comes so close over my rig, I could have talked to the passengers.

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

14 Replies to “Prepping for Fiesta”

  1. Storm would certainly be proud!!!!! ??

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I hope so, Love you!

  2. jim Sandy dukeman says: Reply

    Glad you are there and I know that Storm would be proud of you too. Almost went there once but the roads were not marked very well for us to find the place and I figured it would be packed anyway so we just drove through. Good to see the jam part too, I need to find some folks and do the same. Hurricane Ian just went through today, neighbors lost some power for a couple of hours but ours was fine, it is over for us now and we can have a peaceful night I hope. Keep up the good work and can’t wait to see the blog you send out when the balloons are all up one morning or afternoon. GOD BLESS

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Sure am relieved to hear that Ian left you alone. Can’t wait to get balloon pictures. I hope to be on the field tomorrow morning at 5am for the first mass ascension this year. Take care and love to you both!

  3. Sharon Verity says: Reply

    Thanks so much for the info you have me. My friends and I will see you there next year. We got an airbnb.
    Sharon Verity

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Glad to hear you have a place for next year. I made a video today especially with you in mind to give you an idea of the morning session. Should post it soon. Feel free to email me with any questions that your group has about Fiesta and Albuquerque.

  4. We are all so very proud of you. I love you and look forward to seeing you.
    aunt Jeannette. it tales a special perso to find appiness and move forward. And you are very Social.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      That is so sweet of you! You are special too – love you!

  5. Barbara Kauffman says: Reply

    What a woman! What a woman!
    I have special memories also from talks with Ed as you all traveled. They bring a tear to the eye still. Deb, you are an inspiration to us all.
    Love, Barbara (& John)

  6. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

    Thank you! Hearing from the ones that I love like you keeps me going.

  7. Hey Deb!
    Enjoy the show and take many pics to share.
    Love Ya, Theresa

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Love ya right back – wish you were here, I would take a lovely picture of you!! The registration booth is not the same without you!

  8. Ruth Ann Chapman says: Reply

    It was great seeing you again and working on the South Field, even if it did rain a lot. Enjoyed being outside and not in stuffing bags. Sure would be great to get all of our old friends back together again.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Just saw this post. It was awesome seeing you and Jack again. I love working with you guys!!
      Please let me know if you are ever in the Southeast part of AZ – we can definitely get together. Happy Holidays!

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