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Old 10-01-2011, 05:59 AM   #435
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Time to get up, the show is starting!
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Old 10-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #436
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Who needs Pamplona and the running of the bulls when we have Camping World and our herding of the flamingos?! How nice to meet such an enthusiastic crowd early in the morning! A special 'thank you' to all Airstreamers for your patience as we checked you in and sent you down the road, a dozen rigs at a time!

This sea of silver is absolutely amazing! I'm sure more photos will be posted throughout the day, so stay tuned. Right now, still early morning, people are gathering outside the Fiesta gates, some arriving and checking their bicycles, and preparing for the 40th anniversary of this international event. Temps are mild (a few stocking hats but just as many shorts!)

The Mega-Potluck is this evening! Same place (front row) as last night's meet & greet. Please bring a dish....appetizer, entree, or dessert, your choice, and join us at 5:00 as we thank the Fiesta staff who so graciously 'put us in our place'.

Now get out there and enjoy the balloons!

- Lynda, Jim & Boone
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Old 10-01-2011, 09:17 AM   #437
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View from our Stream! Life is good!
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Old 10-01-2011, 10:08 AM   #438
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Great Photos! We are there in spirit for sure, be sure to have at least one martini for us.

Ken, congratulations on another sucessful rally! Enjoy.
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Old 10-01-2011, 04:35 PM   #439
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Ballons Over Airstreams

The most amazing sight. So glad we made this journey, and still a potluck, fireworks and tomorrow's events to enjoy ...
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Old 10-02-2011, 05:54 AM   #440
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The Fiesta starts early and goes well into the night...from pre-dawn launch to the Glow in the evening. All the balloons are beautiful, from the simple to the complicated. We can expect more of the special shapes today! Lynda ably demonstrates what most of us did all day.

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Special helium balloons were filled at dusk and launched for their race around 9 PM.

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But it's not all about balloons. We don't forget that we're Streamers and we want to see all the special work that fellow Streamers have done.

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Hi from GA.. . .Thanks to all for the GREAT photos ! ! We'll be there one these days Keep them coming & thanks again, Craig
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Old 10-02-2011, 11:05 AM   #442
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You-all know that Texas has always been the "HOT AIR" capital.

I think it's very nice that another state is trying to move in, even for a few hours. LOL

The quietness and peace, of and in, space, is over welming.

Hope everyone has a fantastic great and safe time, balloning.

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Old 10-02-2011, 12:26 PM   #443
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Another "typical" morning at the ABQ Balloon Fiesta

These photos were taken this morning right outside our AS. Wow!!!!

This was our first time rally and trip to the Fiesta. Many thanks to the 4CU, especially Ken Johansen, for organizing this fabulous event.
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Before and During

Excellent traffic management by Ken J. and his Team
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Just Another Day in Paradise

What we saw when we got up this morning:
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Udderly Amazing

Can't resist one more photo. This one is Airabelle, the Creamland Dairy Cow.
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Darn I wish Karen and I could have made it, but health problems have me grounded for the time being..looks even better this year then when we attended, the special balloons were stranded in China that year..
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Old 10-04-2011, 12:50 PM   #448
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Thank you Ken for the great trip. My first trip to the Balloon Fiesta and any real rally.
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