Albuquerque Balloon Ride – Up, Up, and Away in our Beautiful Balloon

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A common sight over the city, the hot air balloons are airborne on those many calm air mornings. Known for the annual Balloon Fiesta in October, when our family reunion was held last June, one of the attractions mentioned was a balloon ride over the city. This would be our second balloon ride ever as in 2002, at a previous Albuquerque reunion, Lynn and I took our first aerial balloon experience (and still have the champagne glasses to prove it.) Continue reading


Cellpic Sunday – 6 August 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In late June, regular readers may recall, Lynn and I went on a hot air balloon ride with several other family members at our family reunion. In addition to my usual collection of images from my Nikon camera, I collected a few from my cell phone. The image above is a photo of our landing area. The large, flat area used to be a golf course. The pilot told us the story of how the developer of the homes and golf course got into an issue over water. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 16 July 2017

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The week of our family reunion brought us to Albuquerque and the main purpose for our 3200 mile (5150 km) road trip. This was our second reunion trip to New Mexico. In 2002, our first family reunion in Albuquerque featured a balloon ride, so it was fitting that another balloon ride should be on the agenda. And so it came to pass on Thursday morning. We arose well before sunrise and a subset of our family carpooled the 20 or so minute drive to our appointment with a large hot air balloon. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Look Up

Balloon Cellpic-5Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This week, Nancy Thanki asks us to share an image that is all about taking a moment to check out what’s going on above you. As a private pilot, all I need to hear is the sound of an engine and I look to the sky to see what kind of airplane it is. If I hear the loud rushing sound of an engine that powers a hot air balloon, I am especially interested in looking up as they are so quiet that if I hear it, the balloon is very close. You can view the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

3D Thursday – The Rail Runner Express

RailRunner-3D-1Santa Fe, New Mexico.

On this week’s Travel Tuesday, I featured the first of two posts focusing on Santa Fe, the capital of New Mexico. Many of the city’s attractions are within walking distance of the one or the other of two rail line stops. The commuter line began service in 2006 between Albuquerque and Bernalillo. Continue reading

River of Lights – Albuquerque Holiday Treat

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Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Welcome to a special holiday edition of Travel Tuesday… Call it Travel Sunday… Call it anything you like, it’s here. Rather than wait for another Tuesday to feature this gallery, I am posting it early so that if you happen to live near, or will be visiting Albuquerque over the holidays, you can plan to visit the BioPark. Since 1997, the Albuquerque BioPark Botanical Garden hosts the River of Lights. A fundraiser for the BioPark, the people of Albuquerque continue to support the park’s projects through admission sales to this annual attraction. Each year, new sculptures in light are created by craftsmen who are dedicated to the art of creating in light. Continue reading

Sandia Cave – A Glimpse Into the Past

Sandia Cave-1

Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After visiting Carlito Springs, (you can read about that hike here), we headed toward Sandia Cave on the eastern slopes of the Sandia Mountains. A slow, somewhat tedious drive on the service road led us to the trailhead where there was plenty of open parking on the day we arrived for our short hike. Continue reading