The 44th Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta kicked off today under partly cloudy skies with minimal wind. It was a perfect morning for flying a hot air balloon!
The Balloon Fiesta is the premier international ballooning event, powered by the perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the “Albuquerque Box,” (a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure). The Albuquerque Box was in full effect this morning. Last year the balloons took off and they were gone! Off to the South, landing miles away.
This morning the box opened up as the balloons rose in altitude, they flew back towards the field, many landing within 200-400 yards of where they took off!
The 360 acre Balloon Fiesta Park with 100 acres of grass and booths filled with balloons and concessions selling everything from traditional New Mexican food to balloon memorabilia. Each year balloon teams from around the world participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world and I certainly contributed to that!