Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta day 2
Trip Start May 06, 2010
137Trip End Oct 14, 2010
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Other balloons quickly started setting up and taking off. They flew until a couple hours after dawn. The sky fills up with a few hundred balloons in a dazzling array of colors, patterns, shapes and sizes. It's really an impressive sight. Most of the balloons were able to navigate back to the field and land close to their chase crews. After most of the balloons had landed we left.
We spent much of the afternoon at Petroglyph National Monument, a 7,000 acre park to the west from Albuquerque. The main focus of the park is an estimated 25,000 carvings by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers although it also protects some volcanic cones and hundreds of archaeological sites. We toured the three trails in the Boca Negra Canyon area.
We left the park and headed back to the Balloon Fiesta for another Glow. The weather was OK but it looked like that could change. Quite a few balloons inflated and were firing their burners while tethered to the ground. Then shortly before sunset lightning struck near the park. The pilots and chase crews all raced to get their balloons deflated and packed up.
They were going to have a fireworks show about 30 minutes after the lightning. We decided not to wait and headed back to the hotel.