Thursday, October 9, 2008

Balloon Fiesta 2008

10-5-08
We left Lake Powell at about 1:00 PM and made it to Winslow, Arizona.
The Elks Lodge has electrical hook up for two motor homes. Last time we were here we were the only campers, this time it is the same. They wanted no donation, which was fine with me.

10-6-08
At 6:30 AM we were on the road. Around the corner from the lodge was a Flying J gas station. When we saw the sign with $3.19 a gallon, we topped of the tank. That was the lowest price we have seen for a long time.
We arrived at the Balloon Fiesta Grounds at about 1:00 PM and asked to be located near the WIN group.
The guide in the golf cart knew where the WINs were. I suppose our women make a good impression.
At the 4:00 PM circle meeting we met the members of the club who are here. Rosie had come by car from Colorado and stays with Sharon. It was nice to see her again.

10-7-08
Today is Doreen"s birthday. I tried to arrange for a hot air balloon flight for her. When I found out how much they charge during the Balloon Fiesta, I changed my mind. They doubled the price.
We will wait until October 13th.
When I woke up this morning I did some computer work. After a while opened the windshield curtain and saw hot air balloons flying over the motor homes. I told Doreen to have a look. She was still in bed.



More and more balloons appeared. We went outside and took pictures.
We have blue skies and the temperature during the day is about 75 degrees F. A few days ago they had rain and some of the balloon flights had to be canceled.
We went to Old Town for Doreen’s birthday lunch, at our favorite restaurant. After lunch we walked around the Square and had an ice cream.
In the evening we watched the debate between McCain and Obama.

10-8-08
At 6:30 AM, it was still dark, five balloons came over the motor homes. They were glowing every time the pilot turned on the propane burner. It was a fantastic sight.
The five balloon were checking the wind condition.



At 7:00 AM the Mass Ascension started.









We have been three time before at the Balloon Fiesta, but the fourth time is just as exciting. It is a spectacular sight to see hundreds of balloons, of every color and shape, in the air. There were pigs, bottles, an eagle, and regular balloons.
Because of the cost of gasoline only 650 balloons are here this year.



The whole sky was full of those colorful, quiet flying machines. One could hear once in a while the burners.
We left the Balloon Fiesta Park after most of the balloons had taken to the air and headed for Los Alamos.

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