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!
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!