The New Mexico Balloon Fiesta has to be one of my favorite events every year. Its almost like a spiritual experience for me. You wake up at 3:00am, put on layers of the warmest clothes you own, (its FREEZING) catch a bus at 4:00 get to the park at 4:30 and the first thing you do is go get yourself some Tom Thumb donuts(deep fried mini donuts covered in sugar and cinnamon), hot chocolate, and a breakfast burrito. (this can be a daunting task since there are about 20 vendors that sell breakfast burrito’s all claiming to be the best) Once your settled in with those things you walk around the field watching all the first balloons start to blow up. Its still dark and the light from these balloons glow and give off such a beautiful aura in the dark sky. It great to park yourself by a balloon to feel the nice warmth of the gas flame touch your cold skin. Once the sun comes up you will experience the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen. YOu are on the field surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of balloons going up. They are filling up all around you. By the end there are more than 1,000 balloons up in the sky. Sure there are tons of people, and you are probably freezing your ass off. But man you can really feel so little and childlike in that moment. We all try to decide which our favorite balloon was, Mine were the kissing bees:) Then we head back home on the bus, with maybe a souvenir of two and some great memories. I got a 2012 balloon pin for my jean vest I wear every year, and some sterling silver turquoise balloon stud earrings, $8, we haggled with the guy:) Did I mention that this event is one of the most photographed events in the whole WORLD. They built a photographer statue at the park to commemorate this. Well I hope if you ever get a chance to come to Albuquerque, you come in October and visit the Balloon Fiesta. You will never forget it!
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