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Balloon Fiesta

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by vaxcardinal, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. vaxcardinal

    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    I've been invited to go with some family members to Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque in October. Figured it i'm going to fly all the way out there, might as well stay a couple of extra days to see the sites. Any suggestions? I've looked around and nothing stuck out as 'must see'. I thought about Roswell but it looked pretty cheesy.
     
  2. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot Moderator VIP Member

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    Roswell is "cheesy" but there are a number of interesting sites and places to visit. Number 1 on my list is Carlsbad Caverns. It's a 300 mile drive from Albuquerque but the roads are fast and the drive would take you through Roswell where you could view all the signs for the space invader. :D
    Santa Fe and Taos are also worth the drive to see. Both cities have good restaurants and art galleries. New Mexico also has several preserved ancient cliff dwelling sites within driving distance in northern New Mexico. Bandelier National Monument and Puye Cliff Dwellings in Los Alamos, and the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
     
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    The Turquoise trail route to Santa Fe & Santa Fe are worth seeing. (taos & the taos pueblo are cool, but farther). Meow Wolf in Santa Fe is an experience. The O'Keeffe museum is ok, but they don't have a lot of her best stuff. I never go to Albuquerque w/o going to The Frontier & getting a green chile cheeseburger with western style hash browns. This is NOT a fine dining experience. However, I also highly recommend El Pinto. Great upscale food in a sprawling Hacienda in a cottonwood grove outside of Alb. Also home to one of my fav IPAs.

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  4. vaxcardinal

    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    sounds like some good options here.
     
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    The Frontier sounds like my kind of place. I checked out Meow Wolf, can't figure out exactly what it is though.
     
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    sovietgator Lighten up Jan Brady (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!)

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    Everything is mentioned is well worth the trip if you have the time.

    Carlsbad Caverns is awesome. I've been many times and never get tired of it. White Sands is also very cool and in a scenic area.

    The Balloon Fiesta is awesome too. Its a spectacle. I've flown in balloons many times as I grew up around the sport. It's well worth it if you get the opportunity.
     
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    I used to work on a ballon crew back in the 90s. It was a lot of fun being in one of the chase vehicles running around Abq.

    For anyone attending, bring a winter jacket, stocking hat and gloves. It gets damn cold before dawn in the high desert. Yes, you will get up before dawn to attend.

    As for other sites, you can ride the tram to the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, Santa Fe is a far superior town to visit over Abq, Taos as well, and White Sands/Carlsbad are two worthwhile driving destinations.
     
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  8. vaxcardinal

    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    I'm doing the "glamping" thing so will be up early and not have to fight traffic. I'll skip Carlsbad since its a long drive and its probably similar to Luray caverns
     
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    Carlsbad is the best cavern system in the US but I can understand why you’d pass. It’s like seeing all the cathedrals in Europe. The next is mundane even though it would be spectacular if it were the first you had visited.
     
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    sovietgator Lighten up Jan Brady (Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!!)

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    Ha, same here. I worked on a crew in the mid to late 80's. I've been in a few rough landings. Don't care to repeat them.
     
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    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    Just got back from the Balloon Fiesta. A spectacular event.
     
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    g8trdave It's Great to Be a Florida Gator!!! VIP Member

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    Drive upto Santa Fe. It's a really cool little town. Great bar hoppibg, too.
     
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    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    Yep, Santa Fe was a cool town. The balloon watching finishes up by 0900 and then we had the rest of the day to sightsee. Was at the festival for 3 days so saw plenty of sites.
     
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    If you like Southwestern and Indian art, Santa Fe is great. The streets are lined with art galleries, but the artwork is very pricey.
     
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    Thank you. I thought this was another Babes thread.
     
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    vaxcardinal GC Hall of Fame

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    The quantity of babes there was fairly low