Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Little Intrigue

Albuquerque, New Mexico         High 77 Low 52

We went over again today to help with our balloon. We were scheduled to be first lift-off, so our balloon got up pretty quickly.
Nice shot of one of the Dawn Patrol by the moon.

Tony with a little helper.

Moving the balloon for take-off.
There were a lot of balloons that we had not seen before. Included among them were three balloons from Britain called Puddles and Splash and Pirate Ship which is one of the largest balloons in the world. The two penguin special shape balloons and Pirate Ship disappeared more than a week ago. As the Fiesta progressed, the pilots search frantically for them. The shipping company said they were delivered to the Balloon Fiesta Park on September 24th, but no one could find them.

To make matters worse, they were not getting much response from the shipping company. The shipping company finally said they were still in New York and would be in Albuquerque by Tuesday. When they didn’t show, the shipping company on Wednesday said they were in Los Angeles. At that point the balloonist’s British lawyers got involved and the shipping company finally over-nighted the balloons to Albuquerque.

One of the lost balloons.

This balloon was damaged enough they didn't dare launch it. It was deflated right after we took this picture. Look at the size of the crowd!

Landing by the RV Park.

This zebra is really getting into his job.

The two lost, then found penguins.

The Pirate Ship looked like a forklift had punctured the travel bag. After temporary repairs the three balloons were able to inflate for the Special Shapes Rodeo.

Today Puddles and Splash flew, while Pirate Ship inflated and was then let down.

There were a lot more people on the field than ever. We are not sure what to expect tomorrow for the Grand Finale' of the Balloon Fiesta.

Thursday a child was lying down on the grass, when one of the chase truck passed over him. Fortunately he wasn't hurt, but because of this, all vehicles now have to have a walking escort to get off the field. It could have been tragic.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. I think that shipping company is going to owe somebody some big bucks. Sure glad the child wasn't hurt. That is scary.

  2. It does get pretty crazy there. Last year none of the Brazilian special shapes made it. Their balloons were lost in transit. How frustrating for them!!!