The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Balloon Fiesta was certainly the highlight of our trip.  It is impossible to describe how spectacular the launch of approximately 600 balloons in a two hour period can be.  This, added with the predawn “morning glow”  and the dawn launch of  the balloons with their propane burners lighting the multi colored balloons make this a must see event.

Morning Glow
Morning Glow
Ready to Launch
Ready to Launch
The Launch
Dawn Patrol

The Fiesta usually takes place in early October, lasting nine days and encompassing two weekends.  There are numerous ways to attend.  We chose to go with the Newmar Kountry Klub and travel from the Continue reading The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

From There to Here…

In the last post I briefly listed the stops we had on our way from the Black Hills of South Dakota to where we are currently in the Hill Country of Texas.  This post will give a more detailed overview of those stops.

Scott's Bluff National Monument
Scott’s Bluff National Monument

Our first location of interest was Scott’s Bluff National Monument in Nebraska.  Neither Liz nor I had been to Nebraska before and this monument was on the way to Colorado so we decided to visit.  It is unique in the sense that it the first large rock formation as the Great Continue reading From There to Here…

Catching Up!!

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted.  We have been so busy enjoying our travels and dealing with life situations that I just didn’t feel like pounding out posts on the keyboard.  Since leaving the Black Hills of South Dakota, we have been through the corner of Wyoming and Nebraska (Scott’s Bluff National Monument), stayed next to Rocky Mountain National Park, spent a week at the Newmar International Rally in Pueblo, attended the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, took a hot air balloon ride, visited White Sands National Monument, dealt with issues involving my mother’s health care that threatened to take us back to Illinois, and escaped damage to our home from Hurricane Matthew.  Phew!  I think it’s time to get rid of that house so we have one less thing to worry about.

Each one of the above named places and/or events deserves an individual post, but in the hopes of catching up on my blog, I will be posting the “Reader’s Digest Version”.  I do plan to write more about the pros and cons of attending rallies at some point.  This type of event seems to have a love/hate relationship with many RV’ers.   I also want to reflect on our first year of ownership of this motor home.  It is hard to believe, but we picked it up one year ago this month in Nappanee, IN.   October 12th to be exact.  We have spent seven months of that year in the RV and needless to say we have enjoyed every minute of it.

We are currently in Kerrville, Texas at Buckhorn Lake RV Resort attending our third event – The Hoots Rally.  “Hoots” is a group of Newmar owners who also are active participants on the iRV2 forum and love to share information about the Newmar product line and modifications they have done to their RV’s.  There are currently 37 coaches participating with numerous activities and seminars planned for the upcoming week.  Once we leave this event we will begin our journey back to Georgia (unless life’s events take us elsewhere).

More to come soon…..