The Mass Ascension was sight to behold. We imagined it was going to be something special, but even our wildest imagination fell far short. Hundreds of bright colorful balloons drifting away. It was like poetry in motion. We love to travel around and not see the same place over again but right after we saw the Mass Ascension we knew we needed to come back to Albuquerque.
Getting up well before sunrise to make it to Balloon Fiesta Park in time was a bit of drag. In time we realized how much it was worth it. Walking the mile to the park with a three-year-old and one-year-old in tow not knowing if they would enjoy it made us a little nervous. We now would do it again in a heartbeat. Milling around with thousands of strangers made us (two introverts) a little apprehensive. Watching the same spectacle as everyone else eyes wide and jaws open made us feel like part of a community. The Mass Ascension was a transcending event, something out of a fairy tale. We are so glad that we can strike it off our bucket list.
We had never experienced anything like it. The different shapes sizes and colors of balloons just flying around was a feast for the senses. As a child it was always fun to see a hot air balloon in the sky. It being such a rare site. Then getting to see hundreds of them take flight was a real treat. One of those life experiences that make a person feel like a child again. With the busy fast paced world of life, not only work but also raising a family, getting the chance to feel like I was eight again was a nice break from things.
Not only did Karen and I love it but our kids did as well. We thought it was going to be a bit rough on them getting up so early in the morning on purpose. Our family has had lots of early mornings but actually setting an alarm, getting ready, and marching out the door before sunrise was a new experience. Our two daughters were real troopers that day. No fuss, no crying, and no wanting to leave early. It was a perfect morning. We could not have asked for a better Mass Ascension.
Seeing the Mass Ascension was a surreal moment, but seeing them land literally all over town was just as mind blowing. After about four hours we decided to head back to our hotel. During our walk back we saw several balloons just land in people’s yards. Neighbors would walk out their front doors shake the hand of the balloonist like they were an old friend.
The Mass Ascension was truly the highlight for us during our latest trip. Months later our 3-year-old still talks about it. The only downside with experiencing the Albuquerque Balloon Festival is now that we have seen it we want to go see it again.
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Mass Ascension : Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Located at Balloon Fiesta Park is located north of Alameda Boulevard, one mile west of I-25.
Time of Year Last for 9 days during the first full week in October
Cost as of this Posting $8.00 Tickets for 12 and over and $10.00 for parking
For more information visit their website at http://www.balloonfiesta.com/