Monday, November 1, 2010
Taos Balloon Rally
The 4 seasons here truly give you a sense of the magic that is here among us in this little mountain village of Taos, New Mexico. Autumn is unusually beautiful this year, with the month of October having so many events Taos has been quite busy. If you missed the Wool Festival at the beginning of the month, the end of the month included the spectacular Taos Mountain Balloon Festival. This year the rains held off and allowed the balloonists to fill the skies of Taos. From the north to the southern end of town, balloons were everywhere, flying overhead or landing in your backyard. There are Taos balloonists that primarily will take you towards the Rio Grande Gorge during the year, but this annual event Oct. 29-31 is smack dab in the middle of everything.
If I'm on the ground and they're up above me, then why am I dizzy!
The end of October also brings cold weather, so bundle up for the 7AM mass ascension, here's Holly with her teeth chattering and the Zia Sun Balloon the state symbol of New Mexico just beginning to ascend.
New Mexico State flag and the USA flag with balloons being filled. Yes Mom, New Mexico is one of the 50 United States. No Mom, you don't need your passport when you fly here.
Where there's a Kachina you know I'm going to have a picture of it!
Here's a shot of the spectacular Koshare Balloon from Gallup, New Mexico. My absolute favorite this year. Taos doesn't normally get the character balloons that attend the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, well what a treat to see this one in the sky.
As for me ever getting into a balloon, well there aren't enough pills to calm me down available in any pharmacy.