Let the Fiesta Begin!

I know that some of you are following my visit here in Albuquerque in hopes of learning tips to use when you get a chance to visit.  On the first day of Fiesta this year I make the video below to give each of you an idea of what a morning session is like.  Breathtaking, overwhelming, exciting, surprising and joyful are just a few words I would use to describe this one of a kind event!

Helpful Hints

Each morning session starts before dawn.  For some reason, the early hours are always cooler than I expect.  If the weather co-operates, you will be blown away by the number and variety of balloons launched at one time.  But the weather may not co-operate.  Be sure that you have scheduled your visit for several days.  This way you get another chance to see the balloons fly if a day’s activities are cancelled. 

Try to include a weekend or Thursday and Friday in your visit schedule so that you can see both a Mass Ascension and a Glow session.  My favorite day is the Thursday Special Shapes rodeo.  These colorful and creative balloons delight the inner child in us all.

What is the best viewing spot?  There are many options.  I like to be right down among the action.  I enjoy talking with the crews and watching the balloons transform from a big ball of material to a hot air balloon as the pilots and chase crews prepare for launch.  But to watch this way requires a bit of stamina. 

During the recording of this video, I walk right at 5 miles from one end of the field to the other and back.  The next day I decide to sit in one place among the balloons for the Ascension and just take in the action around me.  Either way is great fun.  Each method yields fantastic views and super photos!

Sunny Shares the First Day Morning Session

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!

12 Replies to “Let the Fiesta Begin!”

  1. jim Sandy dukeman says: Reply

    WOW, girl that is about as close as this old guy is gonna get to the festival. Thanks so much for sharing that was beautiful. And hope that you got a warmer coat the next time you go out that time of morning. Take care. Love ya. GOD BLESS
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I definitely took a warmer coat the next day. The drone show reminded me of the first one they did at Oshkosh. But the drones here were a little better behaved. I think the software for controlling them has improved drastically since that first show at Oshkosh. Glad you enjoyed it!!!

  2. Sharon Verity says: Reply

    I am getting so excited for our trip to the festival next year! Thanks so much for all of your great tips and reportingt!
    Sharon Verity

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I am excited for you – you are going to have so much fun!!

  3. Was there a few years ago and it was fantastic in all respects. The balloon fiesta should be a must do for everyone. The early mornings are freezing, but the prep and mass ascension make it all ok. Next time there I will definitely opt for a ridealong! Enjoy !!!

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I agree, everyone should do this and Oshkosh at least once each in their lives! I got to go up in a balloon during a mass ascension in 2017. Unbelievable!!!

  4. Lynn Hochradel says: Reply

    Wonderful … might do that next year! Thanks for the video …. safe travels, Lynn

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      You should. Online registration for RV sites here in 2023 begins Jan 11, 2023 at 8am Mountain time. Sites will be gone very quickly.
      They have limited sites with Elec/water, but mostly dry camping with pump outs and water available for purchase and generators allowed during the day.
      Of course you could volunteer. Then you get all utilities and food and clothes and a great campsite beside the park.

  5. Your enthusiasm adds to the excitement. Great video and details.L love watching g hot air balloons is mesmerizing. Thanks for the tips and details.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks – hope you guys are enjoying safe travels!

  6. A great video Sunny. So enjoyed meeting you this year. May our paths cross again! Sherry & Jon

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thanks, Sherry. Great to meet you guys too!!

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