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Old 09-23-2011, 12:18 PM   #365
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Well, friends, I'm sorry to report that I cannot come this year. I had to have quick surgery to repair a detached retina - which went perfectly - but I will not have sight in that eye for some weeks. So I cannot make the trip from Virginia.../ See you on the road.

We wish you a speedy recovery, that does not sound at all pleasant. Sorry that it has interupted your plans for NM. Total bummer. Wendy

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Old 09-23-2011, 12:41 PM   #366
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:52 PM   #367
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This link is from an email from the Fiesta. It has some interesting information for people attending this years event...

Balloon Fiesta: September 2011 Newsletter


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Old 09-23-2011, 05:26 PM   #368
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We are in the home stretch for the Balloon Rally, We are in Sedona till sat. then up to Rt. 40 for Enchanted Trails arriving on monday. We are excited to come this far to see the Balloons. See you all there!! Catch my Blog below, AirstreamHobo
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:52 AM   #369
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This is our first Ballon Fiesta and we are so excited! For those of you who are old pros, please tell me your thoughts on bringing bicycles. How spread out are things? Are bikes allowed pretty much everywhere? I don't want to haul 4 bikes if they are not really useful at the park. We have two kids ages 11 and 12.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:58 AM   #370
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Bring the Bikes... will be glad you did!

Though you won't be allowed to take them down on the launch field, you will find many great places to ride. In fact, I believe we will be parked adjacent to a bike trail that connects with an elaborate network of bike trails. Ken J. can verify (or refute) this. He is a bicyclist extraordinaire.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:12 PM   #371
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Yes, we saw people using bike trails, which follow a canal and go all the way downtown. I think some locals commute to work on their bikes. Not sure, but I think there was a vendor renting bikes near the entrance; although, this may have been bike parking for people coming to the Balloon Fiesta.

You can't beat the RV parking location and proximity to the balloon field, food and souvenir vendors and Balloon Museum. We didn't drive anywhere last year, although the field is much longer, end-to-end, than it looks from the corporate tent area.

Also, last year, there were storms almost every evening that cancelled the balloon glow events. You'll be glad you can walk back to your Airstream, when you see the lines of cars trying to get in and out of the park for hours!
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:24 PM   #372
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I was just thinking about our bikes this morning. We'll probably bring them, but I think I'm going to take the big basket off the one in order to make it easier to transport.

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Old 09-25-2011, 12:59 PM   #373
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3rd Annual Estancia Pumkin Chunkin Rally 10/14-16

Pardon this minor hijack but if while you are in the area you might be interested in this unusual rally shortly following the Balloon Fiesta. BIG FUN guaranteed. I tried to talk the Balloon Fiesta into moving to Estancia so we can use them for pumpkin target practice but they did not go for it. So 2 separate rallies. See the rally listing for details
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:11 PM   #374
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Supposed to be 89˚ in Alb. today, 79˚ Friday and 50˚ Sat. morning.

Maybe you could bring the catapults from Estancia to try them out.

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We're getting closer.....down from Colorful Colorado and hanging in Chama, New Mexico this evening. Sky Mountain RV Resort is quite nice!
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Old 09-25-2011, 08:05 PM   #376
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After 3 days on the road we have made it to Amarillo, heading to Taos tomorrow for 2 days and then to enchanted trails. Looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:17 PM   #377
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We are camped at the north rim of the Grand Canyon and are looking forward to the Balloon Festival. We left Spokane, WA 9 days ago and have been through the Yellowstone area, Salt Lake City, Bryce Canyon and will hit the Flagstaff and Sedona areas in a couple days. We have seen some amazing territory.

Looking forward to seeing all of you.
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:38 PM   #378
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