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Old 10-02-2009, 07:51 PM   #183
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We want to wish everyone a wonderful Balloon Fest!! We really wish we could be there this year but unfortunately we cannot. We surely miss all of our 4CU Brothers and Sisters and all the new folks! Be safe and definitely have a martini for us!!!
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Old 10-02-2009, 09:35 PM   #184
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We got here today around 3'ish. Nice to see so many trailers. Caravanning was fun but I think the locals weren't too keen on it. A lot of traffic was butting into our lines. We all got here safe (as far as I know).

The first picture shows the lineup of the first group just outside of Camping World.

We headed west down the frontage road to the next I40 on-ramp. I believe this was done to avoid some major construction work going on at the Camping World overpass. The second photo is some trailers merging on to I40.

When we got near the parking we got to do a round robin through a parking lot (picture 3).

Early start tomorrow (5:45am).
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:10 PM   #185
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Rod and I would like to extend a very warm welcome to Albuquerque to everyone at the rally. Unfortunately we can't be there this year since we're sponsoring a conference that opens here on Sunday. We'll be watching the morning mass ascension from our patio - although it will be in the distance. They have been known to drift up this way to land though. We'll be watching the fireworks tomorrow night too. Again, at a distance.

If we had a karma button here I'd be pressing it for still winds and nice weather. Somehow though, a thanks button just doesn't cut it.

Enjoy the rally everyone!
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:51 AM   #186
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It's 6:45am and I just looked out our Great Room window - the dawn patrol is up and I can see at least a dozen balloons firing up in the distance. The weather is perfect. It looks like it's going to be a spectacular mass ascension. I just wish we were at the rally to enjoy it with everyone!
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Old 10-03-2009, 09:17 AM   #187
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OK - so I'm not at the rally, but here's the first pic of the Saturday mass ascension - as seen from our patio in Placitas, about 10 miles to the north of Balloon Fiesta Park.
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Most cool picture!!!

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Just back from being on the field at 5:45. Time to warm up a bit. Here are some photos of the Airstreams with some balloons behind
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OK One more of some of the balloons, taken from the field.
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Balloons Away!

Early morning cloud cover for a bit and chillier than I remember of past years. This year, the balloons headed south, over the Airstreams rather than north, over the towers right off the bat. Exciting!
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Did the balloons that where being held in Beijing China ever get back to ABQ?
I think one of them was Darth Vader
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No sign of Darth or the Storm Troopers at this morning's event. I spotted maybe a dozen shaped balloons....
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They mentioned on the channel 4 news that Darth should be here Thursday for the special shapes mass ascension.
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Overheard an announcer this morning on the field say it was the balloon promoter's error that caused the hold up in getting the shaped balloons out of China and not the Chinese....
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The Balloon Fiesta is not all balloons! Also happening is the Echo Chain Saw Carving Championship with the winner to be announced this evening (Sunday). An auction of the finished pieces, benefitting the New Mexico chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, will also take place this evening.
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