Balloon Fiesta 2010

Last weekend Liz and I made it out to visit our friends Betsy, David and their son Diego in Albuquerque, NM for the Balloon Fiesta. To say that there were some hot air balloons there is a bit of an understatement: the annual event is a must-see for anyone in the area, and anyone who has ever want to see a hot-air balloon in person.

Over 200 balloons were launched in the span of two or three early morning hours under ideal conditions. I was able to borrow Fred Crowden’s camera for the weekend and snap some photos. And then, I snapped some more… and then some more, on top of that. The image count on the camera topped out at 310 by the time I was done… maybe the power of Fred’s Nikon 50-200 zoom lens went to my head. Betsy gave the nickname “balloon paparatzzi” for my efforts. Pretty fitting, actually…

Other highlights of our trip included:

  • Someone asking me if I wanted a side of green chili with my pancakes. (Kidding! But, still had chili with every meal. Yum!)
  • Dinner at Sati’s, featuring salsa so spicy that bowl it was in almost caught fire. Of course Liz pretty much drank it down with a straw.
  • Pretty much the best breakfast burrito ever created at the Balloon Fiesta.
  • Dinner at Monroe’s, home of the stuffed sopapilla, bean and cheese, red chili and sour cream on the side.
  • Lots of play time with Diego – pretty much the cutest kid in NM.

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