Getting ready

Getting ready for the Balloon Fiesta is a lot of work! It’s been “hot” and we’ve been working outside the last two days. Hot is relevant–90 degrees is a lot hotter to our new friends from Colorado than it is to us! We’ve strung nylon rope to make people pens for Park and Ride. P & R turns out to be different from what we had thought from the Fiesta end. I think at the shuttle sites, it will be like we thought, getting people from their cars to the buses. Here at the Fiesta end, we unload people from the buses and make sure they go in the direction of the walkways and not across the bus driveway. When they are ready to leave, we’ll load 50 people per bus and send them to their correct destination. Our hours on Saturday and Sunday will be 4 a.m. to 11 a.m., then 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The volunteers have theme days for the Fiesta, beginning with Lobo (University of New Mexico) Day on Saturday morning, then tie dye Saturday evening.  Sunday morning is Pink for Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness, then Shamrock in the evening. Monday we get to wear our new Volunteer Sweatshirts and the forecast is for cooler weather. Those are the days we’re signed up to work. We also got some gorgeous balloon fiesta coats that zip apart, so we really have a wind/rain outer layer and a quilted inner layer. The back is embroidered with hot air balloons. We’ll use those in November when we come back to Kansas for the auction, I’m sure.

I probably won’t have much time to write for several days, so keep checking.

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3 Responses to Getting ready

  1. Joyce Veensrra says:

    Love reading about your travels. You don’t feel so far away.

  2. Susan Hatcher says:

    Anne: How wonderful! Loved reading your article in the Kansas AA this month. I do miss hearing your voice around the 15th. I will continue to follow you guys on the web. By the way if you get to southern Arizona my parents have rv rental property in Florence Az at Vista Del Sol. If I do say so myself it is just wonderful and a great part of the state.
    God Bless, Susan Hatcher (MeadowLark Adult Care Homes)

  3. Karen Schmidt says:

    Are you Volunteering every day? And do you go take a nap between 11 and 3? My park and ride ticket says that the bar code can only be scanned once, so does that mean that we cannot leave during the day and come back for the evening lift and fireworks? Thought they would give us some sort of a day ticket??? It sounds like you are working hard and very long hours, but I am sure you are enjoying it. We have all of our maps, schedules, etc printed off. See ya soon! Karen

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