Introduction:  International Balloon Fiesta Weekend

This weekend, I made the 7 hour drive to Albuquerque to experience the Balloon Fiesta.  I had not heard of the festival until last year when one of best friends visited with his family and told me about the experience.  I began planning this trip in early August, even with the event two months out, hotels were filling up fast.


I separated the first leg of the trip into two days. The first night was spent at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown Amarillo.


After sitting in the car for four hours, I grabbed some food at Ember’s Steakhouse.


Before getting on the road to Albuquerque, I made a quick stop at Cadillac Ranch.


The hotel situation came down to the Marriott and Holiday Inn.  Ultimately, I decided on the Holiday Inn.


After settling in, I made my way to Balloon Fiesta Park for the Twilight Twinkle Glow.


The next morning, I went back to the park to see the Mass Ascension.


It was first time visiting Albuquerque and I was pleasantly surprised.  The Balloon Fiesta is a must visit for any aviation enthusiast.  I hope to visit this event again.

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