Musings of Captain Justice a/k/a Gil Jones

Balloon Festival in Albuquerque

I went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival many years ago and, finally, Jen and I will go this year. We will be staying at the site on the RV lots — glorified parking lots — which are within walking distance of the launch field. If you stay in town it is a 1.5-2 hour traffic jam in an out. We thought about it too late (will correct that for next year) to get a spot with power so we will dry camp for three days.

I found a super blog piece about RVing to the festival. It answered all of the questions I had about it. Very nicely written and I commend it to anyone thinking of attending the festival. And here is another great write-up with a lot of detail for reference.

We will be there over a weekend that includes a variety of events including the morning patrol liftoff at 6am, a mass ascension, laser light show, fireworks, and more.

So, at the festival we will be dry camping because those were the only spaces left. What is “dry camping” you ask? Here is a blog site I ran across recently that is highly informative and here is their explanation of dry camping — and it’s a good one. We can make it 3 days with our 75 gallons of water and 40 gallon waste tanks but they do offer a dump service (use your imagination) if needed.

The idea of the Balloon Festival popped back in my head this morning when I saw a balloon basket in the back of a truck coming from the festival at Horseshoe Bay.

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