We made it to Albuquerque around 2:00pm and went to the Balloon Fiesta last night. It was the Special Shapes Glodeo and it was fabulous! If you've ever been to the Big E in Springfield, MA, picture all the vendors and that's what's at the Balloon Fiesta. Add a tent full of New Mexico artists and a wood carving competition and that's the atmosphere at the festival. When the sun went down they turned on all of the flames and the balloons all lit up at once...amazing! After the show, there were fireworks...pretty good even when you're used to seeing Gucci brothers fireworks! Getting there and out of there was another story! Not knowing our way around Albuquerque, I think we did a pretty good job, but it was bumper to bumper traffic!
Today we're skipping the Balloon Festival (special shapes rodeo at 5:45am and special shapes glodeo at 5:45pm)...it'll be pretty much like yesterday. We will definitely get up tomorrow morning at 4:00am to see the Mass Ascension at 5:45am and the spectacular Twilight Twinkle Glo show and fireworks starting at 5:45pm. And again on Sunday morning for the farewell Mass Ascension!
Today we'll go to Old Town Albuquerque...and definitely find the Rattlesnake Museum to buy a couple of snake mugs like the one Craig Ferguson uses! And find a bank, and find a grocery store, and find a gas station!!
So much to do, so little time!