Taos Balloon Rally

We just happened to be in Taos the weekend of the Hot Air Balloon Rally. It’s not the big balloon festival–that happened in Albuquerque a week or two before. But instead of hundreds of balloons and over 100,000 people, this is a nice little event that takes place right off the main drag.

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The desk clerk at our hotel told us we could see the entire rally from the hotel parking lot. Um, no. Too far away, so I got up early and braved the 35-degree weather and waited for the windshield to defrost (no scraper with the rental car) and drove towards the balloons. I was kind of amazed that they were taking off really close to the main road. I could have walked right up to them, but decided to stay out of the way. I needed distance to take photos anyway.

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That’s a street light on the left. There were power lines and shops around too, but no mishaps.

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It was so fun to be right under the balloons. I could hear the flame and people’s voices pretty clearly.

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One minute they were right above me,

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then way up high.

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They had to have incredible views of the mountains up there. One day I’m going up in one of them.

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This one reminds me of the movie “Up.”

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Can’t keep a straight face when I look at the one on the right.

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Love the stars and stripes.

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I think they were giving rides in this one, because it made frequent landings.

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Since I didn’t have gloves, my hands were freezing, so I took one last shot:

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And went back to the hotel for an early breakfast.

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10 Responses to Taos Balloon Rally

  1. Caroline says:

    Wow, they are all very different. I like the one with the face best.
    The view must be spectacular.

  2. I’m so happy that you got to see the hot air balloons. I’d love to take a ride in one someday. The shapes of the balloons are lovely against the cloudless sky. What a treat.

  3. Ah , what an event, I always wanted to see something like that. Did you get to fly in one of those??

  4. Great shots. We had a balloon to crash near our house once. Haven’t really been keen about going up after that, but love the way they fill the sky.

  5. TBM says:

    I bet the view is lovely. And just so you know, never use a credit card to scrape ice off your windshield, unless you want to explain on the phone how you broke your card. They didn’t find it funny.

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