We spent the past week at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In it’s 42nd year, this event is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world and has over 500 balloons take to the air during the mornings of mass ascensions.
One of the coolest things we experienced was the hardest thing to attend – dawn patrol. Each morning at 5:45 am, a set number of talented balloonists take to the air. Other balloonists can watch the direction that the balloons drift at different altitudes and can get an idea of how their balloons will behave after launch.
The skies are still dark, so the glow of the balloons against the contrast of the black skies is absolutely beautiful. But it requires a wake-up at 4 am. That would be bad enough, but try getting two little ones up at that time of night. Oy!
Totally worth it though!