Albuquerque is the largest city in the state of New Mexico, United States. It is the county seat of Bernalillo County and is situated in the central part of the state, straddling the Rio Grande. The city population was 545,852 as of the 2010 Census and ranks as the 32nd-largest city in the U.S. As of June 2007, the city was the sixth fastest-growing in America. It has a metropolitan population of 887,077 as of the 2010 Census. Albuquerque is the 57th-largest United States metropolitan area. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the city of Rio Rancho.

Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM), Kirtland Air Force Base, Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque, and the Rio Grande flows through the city, north to south.

I came to this cool town on the advice of the infamous Sharon Nanod. Her sister lives here and she always spoke about the Balloon Festival. One year she came back from vacation and gave me a calendar with all the really cool balloon photos and I said, I gotta go there, so here we go Deedee Aiyo....

I arrived on a Sunday, 10-01-2010 and stayed at the Fair Grounds for nine yup nine days. I had water and electric but no sewer. I was able to take a shower for nine days and use bathroom for the whole time I was there and did not have to empty my tanks (RV).

The first morning Mass Ascension was spectacluar. I got there about 0500 and it was cold and dumb dumb did not bring a jacket cuz figa was going be one warm day but forgot Sharon said mornings is freezing. So I froze my butt that first morning. One morning I even rode my bicycle over since they were charging to bus us over.

There must have been couple hundred RV's at this park as far as the eye could see. Couple times several balloons landed in the RV park at the landing site now that was super cool.

I saw lots of balloons, exhibits, and all kinds of neat kau kau. I saw a log carving contest which was really cool to see. I also got to take the Sandia Peak Tramway up and up so damn high was freaky but what an awesome view of the entire city. It was one scary ride and the gondola was packed at least 50 people......

Terry and I visited here in February of 2012. This place was fun but much too much snow for poor little Terry. She said she could never live here; it was just too damn cold. We woke up several mornings to snow falling down and frozen water pipes. It was cool to watch the snow fall on the RV and truck from the comfort of our home on wheels.

We spent some time visiting one of Terry’s old working buddies Vai and Bob. They were really nice people and they had such a fancy looking house. The old man liked to work on the house on his spare time and was quite the craftsman he was good at building old ships. Their place was really big and they had lots of stuff really neat things to look at stuff they collected and made throughout the years.....

Sandia Tram Ride
New Mexico