I remember hearing about the Balloon Fiesta when we first started full-timing but then I completely forgot about it until our hash friend, Duhhh, mentioned it when I said we were heading there in October. Luckily enough I only had to adjust our "schedule" a few days to attend this little event. Bill and I had a fun experience in a hot air balloon a couple of years before when we celebrated a friend's birthday in Napa with a balloon ride. In reality it was less than exciting, we were up at 6 am to avoid the high heat that May day but it wasn't early enough, it seems, as we never got up very high or went very far. This experience, although it did not include any personal rides up in the balloon, was every bit exceptional! I had posted on Facebook that we were going to be attending and got some good advice from other fellow rvers and also an invite to meet up with another full-timing couple that was in the area.
|At dawn we all sang the Star Spangled Banner with this first balloon.|
|Ms. Annabelle from the rear!|
We started out our 4 day adventure with a bike ride over to the Fiesta grounds where we were quickly booted off as they are serious about the security of the vendors stalls while they are closed. But we made fast friends with one of the security guys who loved hearing about our full-timing adventures. We were up early the next day to see the Dawn Patrol in the dark. We had a no-hook-up site across the street from the grounds and were just about to head back for a nap when we were texted from fellow rvers to meet them. Richard and Michelle have been on the road a year or so now and were a fun couple that we invited over for a mid-day drink. They were staying in Santa Fe and this was their second or third trip down to attend the fiesta. We connected right away and told them about the hash and they wanted to attend the Balloon Fiesta hash the Albuquerque Hash House Harriers was having Saturday.
It is always fun for us to introduce people to the hash - we talk about it all the time and everyone always wants to do one but in reality about 1% of the people who say this actually show up when they say they will. Well, Richard and Michelle were one of the 1%! We met them at the start location which was a hasher's home who lived close to the Fiesta grounds and we set off on a short trail to the event. It was a good hash for a non-runner's first hash and our virgins had a great time and an even better time at the end when the hash hosted a big bbq back at the start location. We had a great time and made plans to meet Richard and Michelle in Santa Fe when we headed up that way.
|Bebe at the Balloon Fiesta Mass Acenscion|