[LMB] OT: Balloons

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Sun Oct 3 14:07:19 BST 2021

Yesterday, was the beginning of the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. The weather was perfect. We only had 576 balloons this year. Many pilots from outside the USA couldn’t come but many store their balloons in the US and let other pilots fly them.
All four granddaughters, Emma, Hazel, Elanor, and Anna slept over at our house. We got up at 3:00 am and left the house at 4:05. It took longer in line to get a parking spot (and $20) than to drive to Balloon Fiesta Park. We are all part of the Clutch Crew that sets up, chases, and takes down the balloon, so we had passes to the field, saving $75.
We only have one balloon this year since Graham Bell, our pilot from England, wasn’t able to come. Hazel, Emma, and Elanor flew on the first flight, Elanor for the first time.
A good, if tiring time was had by all.

William A Wenrich

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