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Old 09-19-2011, 10:24 AM   #337
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We'll meet. I live to head west. Open spaces, blue skies, red rocks, dry air.

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Old 09-20-2011, 10:41 AM   #338
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We bought a small (20 inch) carved bear who sits next to the door of the trailer. It's a long walk from the far end of the field to the camping area with a big block of wood in tow...

Thanks for the picture. I'm practicing hauling wood all over the 4+ acres we have. among other trees, we've had one HUGE oak tree that fell over labor day weekend . Haven't really begun to cut it up and haul..... who knows where! Just cleaning up the outer branches with the chainsaw and working inward. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Old 09-20-2011, 11:05 AM   #339
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'bout the same here. Friends of ours had two large pines fall across the entrance to their property, so it's chain saw time (and a whole bunch of firewood). It is amazing how just one tiny nick with the saw can create a pretty good-sized hole in a leg.

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Thanks for the picture. I'm practicing hauling wood all over the 4+ acres we have. among other trees, we've had one HUGE oak tree that fell over labor day weekend . Haven't really begun to cut it up and haul..... who knows where! Just cleaning up the outer branches with the chainsaw and working inward. Looking forward to meeting you.

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Old 09-20-2011, 08:24 PM   #340
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Ken...hope you got my money ...and you have room for me this year..let me know..thanks for everything sorry Im a late airstreamer...
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We do have a couple of cancellations if anyone still wants to join us.......

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Old 09-21-2011, 08:58 AM   #342
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A typical day at the FCU Balloon Fiesta Rally

You will be awaked in the morning why the wooshing sound of the first balloons up before sunrise and various aircraft circling the field – look out your window and see the bright colors of a few balloons in the dark sky that go up before the mass ascension to check out the conditions prior to launch. You may want to tune your AM radio to 770 to hear all the coverage. Prior to launch you will see many balloons glowing with their vibrant colors during the early morning balloon glow. When the ground crews get the all clear message walk over to the field where you will be right next to 100’s of balloons inflating and taking off into the sky – don’t forger to bring your camera - after a little while the sky will be littered by every imaginable shape and size balloon. Of course you really don’t even have to leave your trailer as the balloons will most likely come right over you. Watch for the bee’s, the cow the scary face and many many more.

Once the balloons are gone – its time to walk over to the many vendors and check out their wares – have one of New Mexicos famous breakfast burrito’s – yum yum – if you feel like it you can walk over to the chain saw carving at the north end of the field, or on Sunday check out the cool cars at the car show on the field - by this time it is mid to late morning and time to come back to your trailer to relax a bit – read the paper that is delivered to your trailer each morning, go check out the sites of Albuquerque, ride the tram, go for a drive – have a nice lunch – take a nap or just hang and visit with your neighbor and talk for hours about Airstreams and road trips.

In the afternoon, you will have plenty of time to take a stroll or do a nice bike ride on the bike path that goes right by our front door and goes all over the city – you can pretty much get anywhere by bike right from Balloon Fiesta park.

Four o’clock its time for our famous FCU gathering – bring food, drink and a friend or two and hang out with us – bring food for yourself or to share with others – bring your dinner and have dinner with us if you like.

As the day comes to a close and the sky darkens – the balloons will light up again for a balloon glow – many balloons will be on the ground lighting up in a spectacular display of colors.

Then its time for fireworks! This is one of the best displays you will see – be sure to watch for a surprise at the west end of the field as the display wraps up.

After fireworks its time to come back to camp and sit around the (propane) campfire and tell all kinds of true and untrue stories. At some point you will want to retire – or not – maybe even stay up all night and just look at the New Mexico sky, sit back and think about what a day it has been – but wait – tomorrow you get to do it all over again!
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One of our favorite events is the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race Launch. This year 8 teams will be taking off on Saturday evening to see which team can go the furthest. They will be up for several days and you can follow them online. They will be filling the balloons all afternoon that day and hopefully the weather will cooperate for that evenings launch.

The zebras are great too!
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:36 AM   #344
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A question about which direction the Airstreams are parked. With the popularity of front beds, the best views of the field are from the rear dinette. Others with rear beds would probably want to have the front face the field. I suppose some would rather watch from bed.

So, do we have a choice which direction our trailers are parked?

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..So, do we have a choice which direction our trailers are parked?...
No hookups. There is an alignment that you have to conform to, roughly north-south, with most [old] trailers facing north (facing: as in, the end with the tongue). But you could easily "face" the other way, which in the case of the rear-end models, would be "butt" the other way.

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Not sure what you mean Roger - all units must pull in facing north - which on trailers is tongue to the north - motorhomes windshild to the north.

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A question about which direction the Airstreams are parked. With the popularity of front beds, the best views of the field are from the rear dinette. Others with rear beds would probably want to have the front face the field. I suppose some would rather watch from bed.

So, do we have a choice which direction our trailers are parked?

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This being my first time to the Fiesta, and having a front bedroom model, I thought about the same question you asked above, but then came to the conclusion that most likely I'll be outside sitting in a lounge chair anyway and having my coffee out there.
I understand the TV's are parked around the back of the trailers too. So grabbing a chair and sitting outside seems to be the way to go.
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Not sure what you mean Roger - all units must pull in facing north - which on trailers is tongue to the north - motorhomes windshild to the north.
I knew you'd correct me if I was wrong. It just seemed to me that since there is an allley between each row, that you could pull in either way, since you'd fit into your allowed rectangle no matter whether you were facing north or south. I didn't think about the awnings... and privacy.

Speaking of which, at Burning Man we parked parallel, but opposite direction so we could be awning to awning, which made for great little party venues.

I will now shut up and go back to coloring.
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Not sure what you mean Roger - all units must pull in facing north - which on trailers is tongue to the north - motorhomes windshild to the north.

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Bummer.

If tow vehicles are parked on south side, seems the parking is backwards.

I don't plan to be outside all the time. There are going to be a bunch of rowdies, drinkers, crazies, New Mexicans, trailer trash, scorpions, black widows, bugs and coyotes (some howling and painted turquoise) out there.

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