TH-Logo-DarkText.gif


Tropic Hut At The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 6-15, 2006, Albuquerque, NM--AIBF Home Page

This was our biggest event to date, and it exceeded every expectation!

VIDEOS

Click one of the images below to open the video.  To download the file, right click the image and select "Save Link Target As...," then use the dialogue box to select the folder on your local disc where you want to save the file.  After downloading you can open the videos any time you like and in full screen for the complete dazzling effect.  These are big files, so please be patient with the download time.  All videos are in QuickTime Movie format.
20061013zShuttleThumb.jpg
Special Shapes
This is what Balloon Fiesta is all about--a clear blue sky filled with magnificent balloons. 
27.2 MB
20061015gAIBFLiftOffThumb.jpg
Final Morning
Balloon Fiesta Park is alive with activity every morning long before sunrise. 
12 MB
20061015gAIBFLiftOffThumb.jpg
Lift Off!
Here's video of a hot air balloon as it lifts off from the AIBF Balloon Field. 
7.3 MB
20061015dClaudia-thumb.jpg
Visiting Vendors
We met lots of great people at Balloon Fiesta.  Here's video of some fellow vendors. 
28.5 MB


 
 
20060927I-40MileageSign.jpg

On the road to AIBF--

I spotted this sign en route from Reno to Albuquerque and LOL'd.  This is the west end of Interstate 40, where it meets I-15 in Barstow, CA.  Some clever highway department sign maker wanted drivers to know how far it is to the east end of this highway, where I-40 reaches the east coast at Wilmington, NC.

Hmmm, if I average around 60 miles an hour and don't stop for sleep I could stay on this one Interstate for almost 43 straight hours!

Check THIS out!

A couple weeks after I posted this page a fellow in North Carolina sent me this photo of the OTHER end of Interstate 40. What fun! Thanks to Chris for sending me this picture.

The daybefore.

This is the Balloon Field viewed from the south end on Thursday, October 5.
20061005aBalloonFieldSouth.jpg
20061005bBalloonFieldSouth.jpg
Another picture from the south end of the Balloon Field, day before Fiesta starts.

Here's the east side of Balloon Field on the day before Fiesta starts.  The row of tents on the left makes up "Main Street," where we vendors are lined up.  The Balloon Field is all quiet today, but Main Street is buzzing with activity as vendors get ready for the big event!


20061005dBalloonFiledEast.jpg
 
 
20061005dMainStreet.jpg
Looking south on Main street from in front of Tropic Hut, day before Fiesta starts.
Looking north on Main street from in front of Tropic Hut, day before Fiesta starts. 20061005eMainStreet.jpg
 
 
20061005fTHStandReady.jpg
There it is!  It's the day before Balloon Fiesta begins and Tropic Hut is all set up and ready for business.
Here's what the crowds come to see; fantastic, colorful hot air balloons filling a clear blue New Mexico sky.
20061013aCowBalloon.jpg
 
 
20061013bWitchBalloon.jpg   
  20061013cSunburstBalloon.jpg
 
 
20061013dStagecoachBalloon.jpg
 
  20061013eBalloonCluster.jpg
 
 
20061013fBalloonCluster.jpg
 
  20061013gUncleSamBalloon.jpg
 
 
20061013hSmokeyBalloon.jpg
 
  20061013iPandaBalloon.jpg
 
 
20061013jBalloonCluster.jpg  
  20061013zShuttle&Flag.jpg
 
 
20061015aBethLovesSilkie.jpg
Meet Beth, the personality plus gal from Plano Pins.  Beth loved our Java Silkies and traded us boat loads of pins for them!
These charming fellows are Dave and Ed of NewMexico.org.  Their exhibitor stand, featuring a very impressive huge custom RV, was situated directly across Main Street from the Tropic Hut stand.
20061015bDave&Ed.jpg
20061015fDawnPatrol.jpg Dawn Patrol, final morning of Balloon Fiesta.

This balloon went up every morning, weather permitting, before the sun even started to come up.  It was called the Dawn Patrol.  Its purpose was to check conditions and radio back to the ground about wind speeds and directions for the other balloon pilots.
Tropic Hut stand, last day of Balloon Fiesta.

It's 4:45 AM, it's cold and wet from a light rain that fell earlier, and still the crowds are already starting to arrive and they want coffee!  Right through the last day of the event I could not believe how many folks would start showing up so early.  Who are these people?

Maybe I'm just out of touch with so many early risers.  I'm a night person.  But I was all too happy to join the morning scene for the spectacular Balloon Fiesta!
20061015eTHStand.jpg
Tree-PalmWaving.gif FairTax.org Tree-PalmWaving.gif IslandChairsLogo.jpg Tree-PalmWaving.gif