It’s a jungle out there!

Yesterday, the volunteers at the Balloon Fiesta were treated to a cookout at the Albuquerque Zoo. The food was pretty standard fare, hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, potato salad and baked beans, but the quantity was something else. When you think that it takes 3000 volunteers to make the Fiesta run, you get some idea of the amount of food that was prepared. The tickets also offered us free admission to the zoo, so we spent quite a while looking at the animals. Coming from Sedgwick County where the zoo is exceptional, we had pretty high standards. They had a good variety of animals but not in the quantities we had hoped. 

Our friends Johnny and Karen Schmidt arrived from Kansas before dinner, so we visited with them as we looked around Old Town Albuquerque. LeRoy and I had been introduced to Mexican cuisine many years ago at a restaurant in Old Town and about all either of us remembered about it was that a tree grew through the middle of a dining room. After asking around, we finally found La Placita, the very restaurant we had eaten in and with the tree still intact. The food was very good and the green chile was VERY warm. Sopapillas are part of every meal and we enjoyed them. Tonight we ate at La Hacienda and the food there was excellent as well. The sopapillas were lighter and puffier than the ones last night.

Today’s show at the Balloon Fiesta was spectacular. I didn’t get some of the pictures I would have liked but LeRoy and Karen got some that I’ll try to snag for a later post. One of the shape balloons was the space shuttle. It was a little too windy for that balloon and some others to fly successfully due to their shapes. We had heard about a balloon shaped like a ristra of chilies and it inflated but did not fly. The haunted house was able to get airborne and was pretty impressive.

There were so many balloons and so many spectators, it was difficult to get a clear shot of the whole balloon, which included a witch at the bottom and a bat and black cat higher on the house. One balloon had the hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil monkeys.

We didn’t attend the chain saw art competition today although I’m sure it was great. We decided a nap was a more pressing need! After all, tomorrow’s another early morning. The gas balloon race launch has been delayed several times and the last I knew, it is scheduled for early tomorrow. I never get tired of watching the balloons!

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