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Old 03-22-2009, 10:16 AM   #21
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Additional Q on days, what if we want to leave on the 5th? Is it at all easy to push thru the crowds if you leave early?
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Old 03-22-2009, 10:50 AM   #22
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Getting out is not a problem. The area is well laid out with plenty of room to leave. Last year most of the Brazillion dollar Motor Homes that surrounded us were gone on Monday. If they can get out, you can.
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My wife and I are planning on going out for the 2010 fiesta. I think we need the practice before taking a 3600 mile round trip cruise. What are some things that we should consider essential for once we get there? I was certainly surprised that there isn't any electricity. So I guess the key word is propane, propane and more propane.

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The VIP West section that we stay in has no services, but water and pump out are available for a fee. A full water tank and empty holding tanks when you arrive are a must. A generator is a good idea as long as it is a quiet one. There is a great story that goes with that last statement, but I am reluctant to tell it. I'm sure that someone else will chime in.

Since you can easily drive in and out of the Fiesta, you can pickup any food or other items you need anytime.
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Richard; Where in the Albuquerque area is the parking/balloon launch site? I'm not sure if we will come from the north (National Antelope Rally) or straight from Las Vegas from the west. I know you rendezvous the night prior and go in as a caravan. Looing forward to the rally.
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Charlie - The fiesta is several miles north of I-40 just west of I-25. The group from the west typically over nights in Grants and then we all gather Friday morning at the Camping World on I-40 which is about 5 miles West of I-25. The entire group caravans into the Fiesta from there. It is quite the site when we are all headed down the Interstate in a single line.
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Roger - staying longer should not be a problem - we had some folks who stayed longer last year - they may move you as they have groups coming in the following weekend - the only problem may be the following weekend if they are booked - if you want to stay through the following weekend, I suggest you make reservations now before they fill up.

Nick - just go for it - you will have a blast and we are there to help you in any way we can... !

Charlie - the balloon site is on the north side of town - any gathering that is done the night before is informal and not an official part of the rally - which is great but is also to say you don't need to hook up with us until Friday at a site to be determined (Most likely Camping World). We then parade on to the fiesta field as we all need to arrive at Fiesta park at the same time so the balloon folks can park us...

All this information/details will be spelled out in little newsletters from time to time leading up to the event - we will make sure everyone is well informed and knows exactly what to do

This is a precision event - run by experts (hee hee) - don't try this at home You may even be able to play Airstream Rodeo with us again this year!!


As Richard says, you can come and go as you please. We will always have 1 or 2 leave a day early - you still have to pay for 4 days though due to thats how our reservations are committed to the balloon folks and we don't want to get into figuring out who is what with reservations - not to mention if you leave early you miss the best part of the balloon fiesta (at least thats been the case the last two years)

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Old 03-22-2009, 02:05 PM   #28
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Oh yeah the generator thing - we have a resident generator cop - AND if you are caught with a nosiy generator, you will be REQUIRED to purchase a brand new Honda generator (they sell them at that rally - we know that...)

Now this person will probably remain nameless - all I can see is Richard knows her..(oops - didn't mean to say that out loud ) very well.

Now to some of us a nosiy generator is ok - after all this is New Mexico, land of the free where anything goes - but hey, its a great way to have that new Honda you've been eyeing..

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Old 03-22-2009, 09:28 PM   #29
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hi ken,

i'm back in business with the cloud and will be taking the flying cloud to uwe for a projected completion date of august 31, 2009, just in time for the baloon festival. i've sent you a pm to sign up as well. this will be our first rally
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Old 03-23-2009, 09:31 AM   #30
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Very cool - you have the best working on your trailer - Uwe is straight from Germany and has that perfection thing going...

Really looking forward to meeting you and checking out the new trailer!

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Add us to the stream...

After moving to Durango in 2008, we wanted to join you last year, but home renovations with no end in sight kept us from making the commitment.

This year count us in. Looking forward to see how you FCU'ers party down! Will send check, so hold us a spot.
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Wow - sounds great - I live/lived in Durango since '82, we now are there part time...

Very cool

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Old 04-05-2009, 01:36 PM   #33
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Gail and I will be trying to coordinate the Airstreams heading east to the Balloon Fiesta. It looks like we potentially have Caadoptees (Roger and Roxie), urbanfood (David) and Charlie M (Charlie) that potentially will stop in Williams, AZ and Grants, NM.

We will be attending the Sierra Nevada Unit Unionvillle County Park Rally, September 24- 27, 2009 and then heading south through Nevada to meet up with any willing for the caravan to Grants and Albuquerque. Roger and Roxie are concerned that their drive from Visalia to Williams is to long for a single day so we might be working on some options for an earlier stop. Please email, private message or call me 951.780.5199 if you are interested in caravanning to meet the Phoenix Airstreams, Richard and Jan, at Flagstaff for the caravan into Grants.

Last year we stopped at the historic La Posada hotel for lunch which is another great option for this year. Let us know if you want to join us.
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Old 04-06-2009, 09:54 AM   #34
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Ken Tamara wants to attend the 2009 Balloon Fiesta. are there still any openings. Thanks Anthony
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Yes - I reserved lots of spaces for this year, so we have lots of room available - tell Tamara she can bring you too...

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Generators???

First, count us in.

A question about the generators.

Are there hours in which the generators can/not be operated?

We like the idea of no generators after 7 pm and not before 10 am but that's just our opinion.

When in Death Valley generators can be run anytime except 9 pm and 8 am. Too darn noisy for us.

Big Bend in Texas has two periods during the day when they can be run. Much more civilized IMNSHO.

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Generally, generators are not allowed after about 9:00pm till about 8:00 am

Being New Mexico, things are a little loose at Balloon Fiesta, and sometimes those times are expanded a bit...

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I thought I posted earlier...but I guess I forgot ~

We sent in our registration a couple of weeks ago and plan on attending the Balloon Rally this year! I can't wait, we haven't been since 2002 and this year Birdy will be in tow...I'm really looking forward to it!

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First Rally!!!

Hi Ken,

We just filled out the application for the Balloon Rally. As new Airstream owners this will be our first rally....I hope the intiation 'rites' aren't too bad!!!

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Hi Ken,

We just filled out the application for the Balloon Rally. As new Airstream owners this will be our first rally....I hope the intiation 'rites' aren't too bad!!!

Susan & Jim
Looking forward to meeting you at the Fiesta. The initiation 'rites' consist of a 30+ Airstream caravan from Camping World to the Fiesta. Last year we added to that by playing circle the parking lot for a while as well. If you can survive that, your in!
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