A Photo Journey: Hot Air Ballooning in Albuquerque

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  1. As many times as I’ve been in Albuquerque I’ve never taken a tram to the top of Sandia. Maybe I’ll have to go again. Jane C. Says the balloon festival is a madhouse. You might want to reconsider. My only balloon ride experience has been right here. There was very little breeze and thus a lackluster ride. I still have the bottle of champagne they presented us at the end of the ride.

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  2. Great photography of a wonderful adventure. Hot air ballooning is very underrated. It is people in harmony with the air and the wind. It is also the second best way to see a beautiful landscape- exceeded only by the view from a mountain peak. Thanks for the continued stories.

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  3. “periodic blasts of gas” according to me scarier words than those are hard to come by. You see, once a year in July the town where I live hosts the “European balloon festival” and I live right next to the field where they take of from. Meaning the during the week the festival lasts I’m treated to a very loud wake up call daily. By now 3 years later I’ve more or less gotten used to it but when I first moved here I had no idea what was happening, I just woke up at 6 am terrified by the loud noise thinking there was a dragon on the loose or smtg! Sure, If I overcome my lazyness and go out on the terrace the sky looks really pretty with all the hot air balloons but ultimately those “periodic blasts of gas” still make me think of dragons and scare me!

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    1. I can see where that would be a mixed blessing. I have heard that those deafening gas blasts really freak the animals out if you choose to do a safari in a hot air balloon. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but from your anecdote, I would bet it’s true. Might be a neat blog post though??

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      1. What a great article! I loved it! Everything was very well stated. Nice job. First, your upcoming trip across Asia sounds spectacular. I can’t wait to read all about it. Second, that picture of you standing on the Great Wall is superb. Where are all the crowds? You must have been at one of the less crowded spots. Are you willing to reveal where that was?

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      2. Thank you! I really enjoyed doing that interview, glad you liked it.
        As for the Great Wall how much are you willing to pay me for my secrets? After all, that section is so far of the beaten path the only other people we met there where 4 or 5 Chinese tourists. Absolutely no foreigners! i.e revealing where it was won’t come cheap. 😉

        p.s. that photo was taken at the “overhanging great wall” in Gansu province. There’s an amazing fort nearby too,”Jiayuguan pass”, totally worth a visit if you ever make it to China.

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  4. This is amazing!!! What a great adventure that must have been. We went hot air ballooning near Canyonlands in Southern Utah and I will never forget the peaceful feeling of just floating across the countryside. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That sounds great, too. My most memorable experience from the Canyonlands is ending a long day of (Outward Bound) hiking by accidentally sitting on a cactus, and spending the next hour picking spikes out of my pants. Your experience sounds nicer.

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