Chris and I had two main things we "had" to do in 2016. One was visit his Aunt Marilyn in DC and the other was camp at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.
We had seen some amazing pictures of RVers at the Balloon Fiesta in 2015 and immediately put it on our bucket list. It ended up being as awesome as we hoped it would be. There was also an Xscapers Convergence so we were able to park next to our fellow Xscapers. We are so happy we did because we had a blast hanging out made some great new friends.
|Fun times at La Cumbre Brewing Company with the Xscapers|
For those of you that don't know what "dry camping" is means we wouldn't be able to hook our rig up to water, sewer or electricity. We decided our tanks were large enough that we should be fine not dumping our waste water tanks(black and gray) and wouldn't need additional fresh water in that short of a time frame. Plus, we have a generator.
Saturday- October 1st (Morning Session)
One cool thing about camping at the Balloon Fiesta RV Park was we were within walking distance of the Balloon Fiesta.
The Morning Glow event started at 6:30 am which is way too early for our liking. I'm so glad we went because it was beautiful seeing all the balloons lit up against the dark sky.
|Balloons were being filled up with hot air and taking off all around us|
The sun started coming up and more and more balloons and people were filling up the field.
|Chris was enjoying the beautiful view|
They said there were over 500 balloons released that day.
We were loving the shape balloons. It was fun to look around and watching them fill balloons up and try to guess what they were.
|Yoda and Darth Vader|
|Chris loved the cop and robber|
When we went back for the night session we met up with our friends Mike and Kat of Rockin' the Road with Mike & Kat. They are fellow RVers and bloggers.
After this we tried to rush out of the Balloon Fiesta to go watch the fireworks from where Mike & Kat were staying. Unfortunately we didn't make it in time and we ended up pulling over and watching the firework show behind a Hobby Lobby.
My dramatic reinactment below:
When we got home I could already tell we were in trouble with our battery. The refrigerator was beeping but we couldn't run our generator because it was too late. We figured whatever was wrong could be fixed in the morning.
Sunday October 2nd
Chris called Auto Zone and they said they would test the batteries for us but he had to figure out how to take them out. We got advice from a fellow Xscaper who suggested we label everything and take pictures of it. It ended up being great advice. It was about $300 for 3 new batteries but they came with warranties. Chris thinks he left the hot water heater on and it drained our batteries. (doh!)
We decided to watch the mass ascension from our RV and worry about the battery later. The problem would still be there after.
|Balloons above our rig|
|Balloons above the campground|
|The astronaut was one of my favorites|
|Enjoying the show from the top of our RV|
We would love to go to this again sometime and stay longer. It was everything we hoped it would be even with the stress of the battery problem.
Have you been? If so what is your favorite event? Let us know if the comments below.