Woke at 4:30 AM to hop on a shuttle bus to the Balloon Park from our spot at the RV parking lot across the street. This place is huge. Much more spectacular than the Balloon Races I remember seeing in Reno. There are 400 balloons at this year's event. There are balloon activities every morning including Dawn Patrol and Special Shapes Rodeo every evening for a week. And then they top it off with a fireworks show every night.
The weather was a bit uncoopoerative this morning, thunderstorms and light rain, so they canceled Dawn Patrol, but after the sun peaked the mountains, crews started to inflate balloons all over the grassy field. Grandpa had never been to anything like this before and in his scooter he was able to get right down to the action. We had a great time. With so many balloons it is hard to pick a favorite.
In the book 1000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz, she reccommends seeing the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, and this event is well worth it. For mor information go to www.balloonfiesta.com
On the way out of town, off Hwy 40 is a little place called TinkerTown. It's a museum of miniature old western towns, store fronts, carnivals, and wood carvings. The owner and artist started this as a hobby and with interest from the public, he turned his home into a miniature museum. This place was well worth the stop and is a great testament to what folks can do in their spare time. He says "He built all this while we were watching TV."