Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Day 1
Saturday October 5, 2002
Page 2 - Mass Acension and Balloon Groupings

Since we were in the second wave of balloons I had time to take some pictures before the work began. There was so much to see that I didn't know which way to point my camera first! The pictures on this page are of groups of balloons, on the next page are pictures of single balloons. And on the page after that are pictures of our set up and launch.

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One of my favorite balloons, Tickler Too. The streamers just added so much to the elegance and beauty of this balloon. The balloon with the black stripes is named "Falcon".
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Tickler Too in flight. The balloon below her. just behind the basket, is "Sunshines Ride"
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Another favorite, this is Lady Jester from Baton Rouge Louisiana.
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These two pink balloons were fiesta favorites, they have a brown circle at the top so when they are laying down on the ground being filled they look like a pair of breasts. Hence their names, Booboulina and Big Breaths!! Click on the picture for the names of the rest of the balloons.
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They were having a hard time getting "Elefant Benjamin" inflated. I don't think they ever did get her in the air today. This particular elephant hails from Germany! Not sure why they chose an elephant for their balloon but it was interesting to watch!
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From left to right: Kaleidescope, Seasons Change, Soaring Home, Stairway to Heaven.
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10-5-02_6-04 I couldn't decide which of these pics I liked the best so here they all are! The Eagle is named "Anton the Eagle" from Switzerland! Click on the pictures for the rest of the balloons' names.

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A nice wide angle shot. Click on picture for balloon names.
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That's all for this page, on the next page I've put all the individual balloon pictures from today.
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