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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Albuquerque Ballooon Fiesta, mass ascension

The balloons took off seemingly for hours, hundreds of them, wave after wave, an experience as bubbly and intoxicating as champagne. I do not remember if my groin hurt or not while I was walking in the wet grass - I was too high for that.

After the semi-marathon I was listless about running. Then I discovered I was injured - yeah, I know, it took me two weeks to reach insight, that's slow, but hey, marathon is about endurance first, not speed. My mind doesn't work that fast.

Now I feel as if something has been taken away from me, and it hurts my spirit more than it hurts in the body.

But I was able to forget the frustration for a few morning hours, in the elation of mass ascension. There is nothing like it. There is nothing like a balloon mass ascension. Here they are, swirling in the sky above us like constellations.


At 3:37 AM, Blogger R2B said...

Wow awesome pictures!!
Your very lucky to be able to experience that,an excellent way to forget your whoas~


At 8:26 PM, Blogger Running by.... said...

BEAUTIFUL Pics. We have a hot air balloon weekend around here on the 4th. I haven't volunteered but I have shown up at 5:00 to watch them fire up during sunrise. It's quite a sight.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Kurt in Boston said...

Reminds me of when we lived in Arizona -- within 1/4 mile of the Thunderbird Balloon Festival. They used to drift over our townhouse -- we'd be eating brunch out on the porch.


At 3:50 PM, Blogger Lora said...

Wonderful!! Absolutely Wonderful!! What a treat it must be to see it in person!

So much out there of this beautiful world to experience.

Thanks for sharing!

At 4:22 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Thanks for sharing the pictues. It was nice of you to volunteer, especially at 5:00 AM

At 6:36 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

I have never seen a Balloon Fiesta such as that. It must be pretty amazing to witness.

At 8:47 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

Wow - amazing pictures! That must be quite a sight to experience.


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