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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« on: September 22, 2019, 07:37:09 PM »
We're meeting some friends at the annual balloon fiesta next month - our first time. Just decided to go, so they only had sites available in the Standard section - no hookups (OK with us.) Was wondering if anyone else was going to be there.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2019, 09:30:40 PM »
We live in Rio Rancho (suburb).  While not planning on attending this year, about once every 3-4 years we go down and camp at the field for a few day and enjoy the balloons.  I've been down on that field with every form of transport they have  - - and by FAR, RV is the way to go.

Sign up for the TXT message service, you can lay in bed and watch your phone to know if they are going up or not.  If yes, crawl out and hop on the shuttle.  If no, roll over and catch a few more ZZZ's :)

Love the Balloon Fiesta!

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2019, 08:10:46 AM »
We went a couple of years ago with Escapees. We were there for about 12 days and had a great time. The balloons were great and we made many new friends.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2019, 12:31:19 AM »
On our bucket list but not this year. Have a great time!
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2019, 07:20:33 AM »
The first three mornings we were there we got up at 5:30am to be down on the field to watch the balloons go up. My DW was volunteering to be crew hoping for a ride. On the fourth morning we decided to sleep in. Not! The balloons were up and flying right over the campground. The sound of the propane inflating the balloons was so loud we just jumped out of bed and joined everyone else watching the balloons from just outside their rig. Some people would bring a chair and set up right outside the Escapees mess tent and watch from there. Many times balloons would land in the campground field. Campers would run out and help them stabilize balloon until the crew could get there to pack it up and load onto the truck. My DW is in the purple jacket.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2019, 08:09:13 AM »
Here's a shot of the fiesta in February, 1972, when it was still held at the fairgrounds in Albuquerque. If I recall correctly, that was the first one.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2019, 11:44:35 PM »
Looks spectacular!!

You must have been a young child then Larry!

Are there any other good balloon festivals anywhere else earlier in the year worth going to out West?
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2019, 06:55:51 AM »
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You must have been a young child then Larry!
Oh, of course I was -- that was me in the blue hoodie.   ;) ::) ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2019, 08:51:46 AM »
We went last year. Rolled into town with absolutely no plans or reservations day before start. Saw a Cracker Barrel and parked there. Turned out to be very close to festival. Up at 3:30 am and in traffic jam to festival grounds. Great time. Couldnít believe you could rub shoulders with balloon launchers and go anywhere you wanted.
We then moved to the large Casino across interstate from festival. Stayed in their parking lot (with many others) for next four days. Able to view balloons every morning and if wind was right, they came right over us. Very nice casino. Clean, good food, great staff, and no alcohol. Huge parking area. They also had a large craft show going on that the DW enjoyed very much.
Free casino parking turned out to be very expensive for us, but hey, might have won.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2019, 11:02:59 AM »
I used to work at a company that was literally next door to the old balloon grounds. We would come to work and have to show our badge before they let us in the parking lot to keep fiesta-goers from filling it up (secure facility). We would come in early just to watch them take off, then outside at every half-way good excuse. We could also see them from our first house in ABQ. They would fly over the house on the last leg returning to the grounds. Impressive sights.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2019, 09:06:56 PM »
Kev, Iím attending the ballon fiesta. In fact I arrived today. Thought I would beat the crowds and get here early. Iím in the North RV Lot. Hope to see you all!
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #11 on: October 02, 2019, 12:18:23 AM »
Hey that's great Debra. We'll be arriving on the 7th. I'm sure we'll be wedged in... somewhere. We'll get in touch when we get there. I think Cyndi has your number.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #12 on: October 02, 2019, 09:06:06 AM »
Looks awesome.

My wife and I have talked about going to this one year but haven't been able to make it yet.  Talked to some friends a couple of weeks ago at the FMCA 4-Wheelers Black Hills Gathering that were going and they told us how much fun it was so I guess we'll have to make more of an effort to get there.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2019, 09:28:31 AM »
Hey that's great Debra. We'll be arriving on the 7th. I'm sure we'll be wedged in... somewhere. We'll get in touch when we get there. I think Cyndi has your number.

Kev

Sounds good. Yeah it will be tight for your rig, they do squeeze them in. 😀
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2019, 02:53:30 PM »
We went in 2017 in a Winnebago Adventures group. We had a great site on the second row. We could sit in our coach and watch the balloons lift off. We had a couple of balloons land almost on top of our rig. We had 30 amp electricity and two pumpouts and fresh water fills.
We didn't care for the food when we went out to meals in the group. Everything was too spicy and hot for us.



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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2019, 03:22:40 PM »
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We didn't care for the food when we went out to meals in the group. Everything was too spicy and hot for us.
I presume that was (New) Mexican food you ordered. If it was typical Albuquerque restaurant fare, you can usually ask whether the red or green chile is hotter (often it's the red, but not always), and some places you may be able to get very mild. Most places also offer more normal U.S. fare. The sopapillas that come with the meal in many (most??) NM restaurants (especially with honey) quickly kill the heat, too, as does milk to drink (among other things -- water is the worst).
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2019, 07:04:06 PM »
Yes. Every place we went asked "red, green, or Christmas?" "Neither" was not an acceptable answer. You get hot, hotter, or hottest. If we went back, we would take our own food.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2019, 08:45:09 PM »
Yes. Every place we went asked "red, green, or Christmas?" "Neither" was not an acceptable answer. You get hot, hotter, or hottest. If we went back, we would take our own food.


On the side is the right answer.  My wife is from Iowa and still struggles with the chili here.  That said, it is a staple and you can get green on a McDonalds burger :)

For locations, been watching and it sounds like they have taken part of the south RV lot and turned it to parking - - and part of the north parking lot and turned to RV's.   Who knows.

End of the day, you can't loose. 

One day I'm gonna book "Presidents Club" for a couple of days - - - right above the field with what has to be a killer view.


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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #18 on: October 02, 2019, 11:20:29 PM »
Those of you who do not appreciate green chili obviously didnít spend enough time in New Mexico. Green chili is actually an addictive substance, and those who move to the state get addicted after some period of time. If you do not want to be addicted, do not, under any circumstance, eat in a (New) Mexican restaurant in the entire state. You even have to be careful at burger joints where green chili is an acceptable condiment.

Personally, I jumped right into the addiction. I havenít lived there for almost 30 years, but the addiction is real. These days I feed my addiction primarily with green chili chicken enchiladas made flat, not rolled, in a true New Mexican style. JalapeŮos? Tomatillos? Nah. Green chili all the way!
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2019, 06:30:41 AM »
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Green chili is actually an addictive substance
Interesting, though I don't think it's a physical addiction, but more like an addiction to chocolate. Perhaps that's why I love the 505 green chile sauce so much. It's New Mexico style (made in ABQ with Hatch chiles), unlike so many other products out there. Certainly I feel the green chile has better flavor than most red chiles.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #20 on: October 03, 2019, 02:35:34 PM »
I presume that was (New) Mexican food you ordered. If it was typical Albuquerque restaurant fare, you can usually ask whether the red or green chile is hotter (often it's the red, but not always), and some places you may be able to get very mild. Most places also offer more normal U.S. fare. The sopapillas that come with the meal in many (most??) NM restaurants (especially with honey) quickly kill the heat, too, as does milk to drink (among other things -- water is the worst).

Those of you who do not appreciate green chili obviously didnít spend enough time in New Mexico. Green chili is actually an addictive substance, and those who move to the state get addicted after some period of time. If you do not want to be addicted, do not, under any circumstance, eat in a (New) Mexican restaurant in the entire state. You even have to be careful at burger joints where green chili is an acceptable condiment.

Personally, I jumped right into the addiction. I havenít lived there for almost 30 years, but the addiction is real. These days I feed my addiction primarily with green chili chicken enchiladas made flat, not rolled, in a true New Mexican style. JalapeŮos? Tomatillos? Nah. Green chili all the way!
Hate to show my ignorance, but why the parenthesis around (New)?
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #21 on: October 03, 2019, 05:36:33 PM »
Hate to show my ignorance, but why the parenthesis around (New)?

We use the parentheses to indicate that New Mexican food is different than what most consider Mexican food. Most Mexican food in the states is red chili or jalapeŮo based. New Mexican is more green chili based, plus it has echoes of the natives who lived in NM before the Spanish arrived in the late 1500s.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2019, 06:07:09 PM »
Amen. I lived in NM for 11 years, and when I left I found it difficult to enjoy the Mexican food elsewhere. I've finally found a handful of decent Mexican food in the Denver area, but it's still well short of New Mexican food. One factor (of several) is the green chile we've been discussing, which has an incredible (to me) flavor that is missing almost everywhere else. That flavor comes right through the hot in a fashion that's not true of most other chiles.

Another factor, though not nearly as important as the main dish, is that in New Mexico most places serve sopapillas and honey with the meal (I'm making my mouth water), with refills available if needed, while almost everywhere else if sopapillas are on the menu they are a "dessert" or are filled with the main course.

All in all, New Mexican food is a bit different experience than Mexican food and I, for one, got spoiled there. Thankfully, 505 brand has made some decent New Mexican style green chile sauce available in other areas and even online, so we can still have our homemade enchiladas, breakfast burritos, etc. at home, even if the restaurant experience falls short.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2019, 06:48:16 PM »
Amen. I lived in NM for 11 years, and when I left I found it difficult to enjoy the Mexican food elsewhere. I've finally found a handful of decent Mexican food in the Denver area, but it's still well short of New Mexican food. One factor (of several) is the green chile we've been discussing, which has an incredible (to me) flavor that is missing almost everywhere else. That flavor comes right through the hot in a fashion that's not true of most other chiles.

Another factor, though not nearly as important as the main dish, is that in New Mexico most places serve sopapillas and honey with the meal (I'm making my mouth water), with refills available if needed, while almost everywhere else if sopapillas are on the menu they are a "dessert" or are filled with the main course.

All in all, New Mexican food is a bit different experience than Mexican food and I, for one, got spoiled there. Thankfully, 505 brand has made some decent New Mexican style green chile sauce available in other areas and even online, so we can still have our homemade enchiladas, breakfast burritos, etc. at home, even if the restaurant experience falls short.
Like Larry, I miss sopapillas with meals. Layered enchiladas, not rolled. Chili verde stew. Fry bread from the Jemez Pueblo women cooking it over open fires. Apple empanadas for desert, rolled in cinnamon sugar.

I miss New Mexican food soooooo much. We probably wonít make it there this winter, so I need recommendations is someone knows a New Mexican restaurant in Arizona.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2019, 11:17:28 PM »
I did wonder why the green chillies we were buying were so mild. Then I realised that the jalapeno is mild and the serrano is hot. Or is it the other way around?
  We only get hot green chillies at home.
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« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2019, 08:41:57 AM »
I did wonder why the green chillies we were buying were so mild. Then I realised that the jalapeno is mild and the serrano is hot. Or is it the other way around?
  We only get hot green chillies at home.
The jalapeŮo is hot and the serrano is rather hotter. Neither of those is the green chile we're discussing, though, and green chiles do come in various degrees of spicyness, from mild to very hot (without adding jalapeŮo or other types). I suspect you could order 505 sauces, chiles and such online from the 505 company, which (to me) are much better than most other such things on the market.

Wikipedia has quite an article on New Mexico Chile, for anyone interested.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2019, 11:35:10 PM »
The jalapeŮo is hot and the serrano is rather hotter. Neither of those is the green chile we're discussing, though, and green chiles do come in various degrees of spicyness, from mild to very hot (without adding jalapeŮo or other types). I suspect you could order 505 sauces, chiles and such online from the 505 company, which (to me) are much better than most other such things on the market.

Wikipedia has quite an article on New Mexico Chile, for anyone interested.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #27 on: October 07, 2019, 08:18:07 AM »
With so much discussion of the green chiles here, I got to pining for them, so yesterday morning's breakfast was homemade breakfast burritos:
  • Flour tortilla (large, for me)
  • Cubed, fried potatoes
  • Bacon strips
  • Sausage, scrambled or patties
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mexican blend cheese (or your choice of cheese) shredded
  • 505 green chile sauce

Fill tortilla with the ingredients you want, roll it up, cover with cheese and sauce, microwave for 45-60 seconds (in our 1200W oven), or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #28 on: October 07, 2019, 09:11:48 AM »
Jackie, I will make you some green chili enchiladas when you are in Death Valley. It is a great Dutch Oven recipe. We are staying in Furnace Creek NPS campground so we can use charcoal (no combustibles allowed at Sunset).
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2019, 12:01:07 PM »
Jackie, I will make you some green chili enchiladas when you are in Death Valley. It is a great Dutch Oven recipe. We are staying in Furnace Creek NPS campground so we can use charcoal (no combustibles allowed at Sunset).
Ooh looking forward to that! Thanks so much.
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #30 on: October 08, 2019, 02:31:37 PM »
Looks awesome.

My wife and I have talked about going to this one year but haven't been able to make it yet.  Talked to some friends a couple of weeks ago at the FMCA 4-Wheelers Black Hills Gathering that were going and they told us how much fun it was so I guess we'll have to make more of an effort to get there.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #31 on: October 09, 2019, 06:14:03 PM »
Was in Colorado Springs yesterday and went to a Mexican eatery and one was giving the choice of Red Chile or Hatch Green Chile.  Will be going through  Hatch tomorrow and may stop and shop.

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« Reply #32 on: October 13, 2019, 09:34:47 AM »
Well that was fun. Had one day of light rain for an hour or so, half a day of cloudy skies, and the rest of the weather was nice. There was only one morning they couldnít launch due to winds, but that ainít bad.

Weíre spending a couple of days in KOFA before heading home. Weíre literally the only RV anywhere in sight. Gorgeous weather here! Debra.... sorry we couldít hook up. The mass of humanity in the launch area, and the distance between us made it difficult. By the way, are you gonna tell everyone about your new GPS, or am I?  ;D

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2019, 09:46:12 AM »
Youíre killing me. Wish there was one more MH in KOFA. ;)
Iíve had to run the furnace the last two nights and will again tonight to protect from freezing.
Theresa says we are done until we leave for KOFA in January. Guess I better winterize.  :(
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« Reply #34 on: October 13, 2019, 12:05:51 PM »
Tom, if it makes you and Theresa feel any better, itís only supposed to get up to about 79 here today, but the mild breeze will make it feel more like 75. (Brrrrr...) No wonder no one else is out here! This hardcore boondocking ainít for everyone. ;D

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« Reply #35 on: October 13, 2019, 02:52:02 PM »
Ya, Ya, Ya.. I'm feeling better already. (or, is that bitter already)

Enjoy KOFA
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #36 on: October 13, 2019, 07:40:27 PM »
Well that was fun. Had one day of light rain for an hour or so, half a day of cloudy skies, and the rest of the weather was nice. There was only one morning they couldnít launch due to winds, but that ainít bad.

Weíre spending a couple of days in KOFA before heading home. Weíre literally the only RV anywhere in sight. Gorgeous weather here! Debra.... sorry we couldít hook up. The mass of humanity in the launch area, and the distance between us made it difficult. By the way, are you gonna tell everyone about your new GPS, or am I?  ;D

Kev


Be my guest Kevin, haha!  Actually I donít have the GPS. It was still working and was returned to the balloon pilot. Iím scheduled with an installer in Tucson to have my solar panel replaced the first week of November.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #37 on: October 13, 2019, 08:25:23 PM »
Oh man....now everyone will be able to figure it out before I have a chance to embellish the story. Anyway... Debra got upgraded to a fancy/smancy site overlooking the takeoff area. One morning, when all the balloons were taking off, someone dropped a GPS out of their gondola. Of all the places it could have landed, fate directed to one of Debraís solar panels, shattering it.

Maybe that was a good thing. If it had hit your roof, who knows, it might have punched a hole in it. Glad youíre getting the panel replaced soon.

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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #38 on: October 13, 2019, 10:18:09 PM »
Yes Iím glad it hit the panel rather than the roof. Who knows how much damage it would have done to the roof. Also Iím glad I was home when it happened. Since the panels were still charging I wouldnít have noticed anything wrong. Itís just been a few weeks since I cleaned and inspected the roof and panels. So it may have been a good while before I went up there.

I wouldnít really call where I was parked fancy!  The only plus is itís proximity to the launch field. Although Friday it was waterfront property for awhile LOL!
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #39 on: October 14, 2019, 07:39:03 AM »
I thought you meant "waterfront property" figuratively until I saw the pictures! Sure did a number on the panel. Looks like an upgrade opportunity.

Were you inside when it hit?
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Re: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
« Reply #40 on: October 14, 2019, 09:05:56 AM »
I was inside and it was extremely loud. I went outside and saw the balloon right over me. Then went up and checked the roof.
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