Albuquerque, NM The high doesn’t even count because the low was so cold.
We were told the shuttles start running at 4:30 a.m. Yes, that’s in the morning. Jeri and Terry are much more adventurous and were willing to ride the shuttle down to the launch field. It was 33 degrees when they went down at 5:00 a.m. Jim and I were still in bed.
We got up about 6:00 because that is when the Dawn Patrol was to take off. The Dawn Patrol began at the Fiesta in 1978 when two California balloonists developed position lighting systems that allowed them to fly at night. Dawn Patrol pilots take off in the dark and fly until it is light enough to see landing sites. The other balloonists can watch the Dawn Patrol and determine wind speeds and directions at different altitudes. When they determine that the wind is cooperating (blowing about 4-6 mph – no more than 12 mph) the green flag goes up and everyone springs into action.
My camera does not take pictures in the dark. This is what it looks like.
The next posts are going to be mostly pictures of balloons with some fun facts thrown in. Also my impressions of the Fiesta.