The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is the most photographed event on Earth and after visiting it last October I can certainly believe that statement.
We stayed in Albuquerque the night before and rose before the sun with the purpose of missing the hoards of traffic heading to the Fiesta. After shivering in the cold and wandering around in the dark our diligence was rewarded by getting to watch the previously deflated balloons come to life. Suddenly we were surrounded by the dragon-breath sound of roaring flames filling the balloons with the hot air that would send them floating into the sky.
Hot air balloons by daylight are absolutely beautiful, but hot air balloons in the dark are mesmerizing.
The next day we had the privilege of meeting the Winters’ family. We had lunch with them and discussed their plans to one day join the traveling life. They were so much fun; I hope to meet them on the road some day.