Alicia and I attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in New Mexico a couple years ago -- what an incredible production! According to the organization that runs the event, it is "the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States" -- and we can believe it! Attendance for some of the events approaches 100,000 people!
We got to go up in a balloon ourselves, which was great, but even better was each weekend morning's "Mass Ascension", where 500+ balloons of all shapes, sizes, and colors take off in two huge waves from the 78-acre launch field -- certainly one of the most incredible sights we have ever witnessed.
We enjoyed it so much that we're going again this year. In honor of the occasion, I though I'd post a few of the images we were able to capture last time.