Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2013

John and I left Sandia Casino on 9/30 at 8:00 am to get over to the Balloon Fiesta parking area to make sure our site was ready.  Much to our surprise, Matt (the head volunteer) takes us to our site, which was not the one we have had for all the previous years.  According to Matt 150 Prevost are coming in and they are taking the whole area where we used to park.  They had put us in private area in front of the Volunteers motorhomes and was actually better than the other site.  No bus traffic or much car traffic since we had the whole area.  We were expecting 38 rigs and they had given us 4 rows of 10 spots.

Everyone that was supposed to come in this day, which was quite a few, started arriving around 11:00 and our festivities began.  Before the balloons even went up, we had HappyHour around 4:30 in the afternoon.  We had a Pulled Pork dinner, Hot Dog barbeque, and a Brunch.


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Saturday, October 5 the Balloons started going up.  I took pictures of some of the Special Shape balloons that were new for this year and some that are our favorites from previous years.

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One of the Prevost owners took a great shot of one of the balloons right over our Lazy Daze group.


One day Cookie and I went to a local Farmers Market and bought 40 pounds of chilies, which we had roasted, and then brought them back to the motorhomes to bag up.

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During the week the balloons were going up we had Breakfast for Dinner, Wine and Cheese Tasting, and a Tri Tip Night.  We had a great Balloon Fiesta meeting new people, spending time with our favorites from years before and just “hanging out”.  I made the announcement that John and I will not be doing the Balloon Fiesta next year, and Jeanne Bold volunteered to take it over.

Even Sadie enjoyed her time at the Balloon Fiesta.


After leaving the Ballon Fiesta we headed back to Colorado to beat predicted wind and snow.  That week we did get snow, which is Sadie’s favorite thing.

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Our trek towards the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque

After the 27th we left Abiquiu Lake and headed to Santa Fe to stay at the Elks.  While there we had great dinner at the Elks, went to the Santa Fe Farmers Market, and just enjoyed our time together.  We also hit Trader Joe and other local stores.

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There was a very rude Class A in the Elks parking area that ran their exterior generator until 10:30 at night and then their rig generator even later so we decided to leave after one night.  So we headed to San Felipe Casino to dump and get water.  There our truck battery went dead  so when we got to Sandia Casino I went to Costco and got a new one.  Most everyone who had been at Abiquiu Lake is now camping in the RV parking area of the Sandia Casino in Albuquerque, NM.  We continued nightly Happy Hours and spent two nights here before heading into the Balloon Fiesta parking area on the 30th of September.


Next stop, Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Abiquiu Lake with LD friends

Cookie/Frank and John/I arrived at Abiquiu Lake on 9/18, two days before our reservations started.  We got into Site 5, which is full hookups for $8.00 with Pass.  Cookie and Frank were able to get into the site they had reserved.  We stayed here last year on our way to Balloon Fiesta and everyone had a great time.  Over the next couple of days, more LD arrived – Ken F., Carol/Owen, Carol/Ed, Jeanne, Chris, Jim M. and Roger.  We all had reservations from 9/20 to 9/27.  Once the 20th came John and I moved into our reserved Site #1, which is large and has a great view.

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After everyone arrived, we started having Happy Hours every night.  In addition, one night Roger cooked delicious ribs, Carol/Owen made wonderful chili, and Ken F. gave us a demonstration of his famous Caesar Salad.

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One day Jeanne and I drove to the town of Abiquiu to their library to use the internet.  They charged $2.00 for it and it was well worth it since the internet and cell service at Abiquiu was very poor.

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Roger,  Jim and John/I had brought our inflatable Kayaks to use on the lake.  But the weather was so cold we never even took them out.

We left here on the 27th of September and headed towards Albuquerque via Santa Fe.

Back on the road again

We left Colorado with our friends Cookie and Frank after John installed hardwood floors, like ours, in their rig.  We traveled to Salida and stayed at a BLM site right along the river.  We met Jeanne and Chris there and we all went to Amica’s Pizza for dinner, which was as good as the last time we were there.

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The next morning we headed out and traveled to Elk Creek Trailhead.  It wasn’t  our first choice but all the NFS  campgrounds were closed for the winter.  We drove up a dirt road to this big grassy area with several groupings of hunters.  We were able to find a level spot for Cookie/Frank and John and I.   It poured all night so we decided it would be best to leave in the morning so we didn’t get stuck in the mud.

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We drove to Chama and walked around and then headed to a NFS campground we read about but ran into horrible rain, thunder and lightning.  We made the decision to pick up the mats we had ordered from Otra Vuelta in Los Ojos and then head to Lake Abiquiu a couple days early.

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Next, Abiquiu Lake.