This is a balloon chase crew … chasing their balloon. Basically their goal is to follow the balloon by road and to be at the landing site before the balloon gets there in case they need assistance.
It’s time for Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta again. This year it is running from October 3rd to October 12th.
This morning I was having breakfast and all of a sudden a huge shadow came over and I heard the whooosh of the balloon burner. It was literally right over my house. So I grabbed my camera and ran outside and there were about 30 or so balloons right over head and more coming. They were landing about 2 block away in a huge field. It was AWESOME.
This is one of the gas balloons in the America’s Challenge right after it lifted off. To be honest I am not sure which balloon it is. Once they started taking off they went pretty quick. In this photo I am facing NNW.
The balloons took off at sunset which gave the mountains and sky this gorgeous pinky purple color.
Here is a link to the balloon tracking. Â Balloon number one is the only one still flying.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is here this week. Every year during the fiesta there is the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race. They actually supposed to take off Saturday, October 6th but didn’t actually get to take off until Monday, October 8th due to wind and weather conditions! This is a shot of the gas balloons filling up and getting ready for take off!
Here is a link to the balloon tracking. Seven balloons are still flying!
I am going to be doing a series on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta which started Saturday. The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race which was supposed to take off Saturday finally got off the ground last tonight (10/08/07). I thought it would be fun to have a contest. I will send the first person who picks the winner and leaves me a comment stating the winner a Balloon Fiesta Pin.Â Click HERE to see the teams.Â As soon as the tracking link works I will post a link to it.Â Check back tomorrow for photos of the gas balloons.
Click HERE for the history of Gas Ballooning!