Sept. 28, 2008
Had a restful start to the day with breakfast in camp before packing up. Mostly drove today, though we made a quick stop in Albuquerque to get the skinny on the upcoming Balloon Fiesta. This is, apparently, THE grand hot air ballooning event, not just in the U.S. but internationally.
Well, we’ve missed enough by just a day or a week. I decided this should be our last blast, and that it may be worth sticking around these parts for a couple days. I figured if there was a room at a hotel near the air field, then we’d stay. Sure enough! We found one within walking distance! (Parking and traffic are said to be horrendous, so if we couldn’t walk, we might not want to bother, particularly with trailer in tow.) So, we’ll hang out in the mountains and desert ’til Friday, then head in to Albuquerque for a pool, a shower, comfy beds (our trailer’s comfy, but what compares with a real bed?) and a balloon festival. We’re all really excited about it!
Found camp at Fenton Lake State Park. This are of the state, in the mountains north of Albuquerque, is spectacularly beautiful color country. The red, green and white soils, dark-green junipers and pine, meandering highways, cooler autumn weather (mid-80s) = wonderful. Camp is very quiet, wooded and peaceful except for the “ground wasps” (we call them yellow jackets).