Travel theme: Above

We remember it vividly — the color, excitement, and right-there-on-the-field experience of being at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2014 before dawn.  Before we arrived, we had the impression that we would be on the sidelines, standing on tiptoe trying to get a glimpse of balloonists as they filled colorful balloons to the tipping point on the ground.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

But we couldn’t have been more mistaken.  We were there.  On that field.  Right beside the balloons. As if we were a part of the action.  Spinning from one exciting fill-up to another.

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

And then we could hear the buzz of the crowd.  This one was ready! And we joined in the applause for initially what seemed impossible — getting one of the huge, ball-shaped masses airborne.  We pointed. Yelled, Look! It’s going up! And then fumbled for our cameras to capture the moment of take-off  .  .  .

Right before lift-off: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2014

It was then that the lucky balloon riders gave us crowd people thumbs up’s and big waves as they lifted up. And over. And above us all into the morning air.

Lift-off success! Balloon Fiesta 2014

It’s about as big a rush as you can get in a field in Albuquerque before dawn.  Well, yeah!

For more entries into Ailsa’s photo challenge — Travel theme: Above — on her blog Where’s My Backpack, click here.  They’ll take you up, up, and away!

For information about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2015 including dates and schedules, click here.

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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2 Responses to Travel theme: Above

  1. Sherry Galey says:

    Magnificent. Love hot air balloons!

    • We love ALL the hot air balloons, and we couldn’t even see half, or so it seemed. When you stand on the field, you just watch most float by. But the ones around you become very special indeed! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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