Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2002

Ok here is where we start.  The 2002 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta started early in the morning on Saturday October 5th.  I woke up that morning bright and early at 6:30AM!  For any of you that know me, this is a feat in and of itself.  I am NOT a morning person, but I wanted to see these balloons, because this was my first Balloon Fiesta and by golly I wanted to see them damn balloons!!  So I threw on some warm clothes (its really cold out here in the morning) and hopped in my car.  

This shot above, was took standing on a hill just a block from my apartment.  In the background is the beautiful mountain that I get to look at every day.  As you might be able to see, even though the picture is considerably reduced, are the hundreds of hot air balloons that are in the air.  Click on the picture for a larger view of this panorama picture (have a fast connection, or a lot of patience as this larger image is pretty big and will take awhile to download).

Click here to see some more balloon pictures.