This was a crisp morning with very little wind, perfect for balloons to lift off here in Albuquerque. The balloon competition began today and the pilots tested their skills at getting close enough to a target on the ground to throw their marker at the center, but not so close that they would touch the ground and be disqualified. This picture showed just one row of balloons partially inflated.
It is amazing that spectators are allowed right on the field next to the balloons, especially in this age of security-mindedness.
I’ll try to get more special shapes in after the Thursday morning Showdeo for them. Just one more picture now, though, and it was taken more than 3 hours after the Dawn Patrol went up. It’s just one small part of the sky that was still dotted with balloons of all shapes and sizes.
We mostly just sat in awe at the balloons hovering in the sky, some pushed by unseen wind currents in one direction while others were going a different way. They call the conditions here the Albuquerque box, but one of the announcers said it’s more like a ferris wheel and I think that’s more like it. You watch the balloons move left, then up, then right and back down. Some tried a Splash and Dash, dipping barely into the Rio Grande and then back up. We saw them going down behind the trees and thought they were going to land in the river, but we didn’t know it was a planned activity.
We’re looking forward to Johnny and Karen Schmidt coming late tomorrow to spend a few days enjoying balloons with us. This experience is just meant to be shared!