Over the last few years I have slowly been stroking items off of my bucket list and this month I was able to strike out another item: riding in a hot air balloon. While visiting Albuquerque, Griffin and I had the incredible opportunity to fly with Rainbow Ryders early one morning.

We first watched the team set up our balloon and listened to instructions on how we would board and exit the basket.
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The crew that prepared our balloon made sure that we all had a photo on our own phones or cameras before we took off. Our travel group was in one half of the basket and we were all excited to take off! A wooden box was placed in the basket that helped our nine year old traveler see over the side of the basket, and the two younger children were able to watch out of the step holes on the side of the basket. Holding children up was not permitted during flight, for obvious reasons.

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It was amazing to see other balloons in the sky while we were on our flight. The view of the Sandia Mountains was beautiful.

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In this photo you can see the Rio Grande.

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We had a distant view of the Albuquerque Volcanoes which are a set of extinct volcanoes. We also took a low flying ride over some of Albuquerque’s petroglyphs, which are historic Native American and Hispanic images carved in rock.

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I think our hot air balloon was the prettiest one in the sky, but for obvious reasons I couldn’t get a good picture of it. I managed this shot while looking straight up and you can see how pretty it was.

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The experience was not at all what I expected. It was relaxing and calm. Our landing was very smooth too. It is a great way to see the sights!

22 Replies to “Floating Over Albuquerque in a Hot Air Balloon”

  1. Great pictures! It looks beautiful but I have a fear of heights so going up in a hot air balloon is not going to happen for me.

  2. Wow, what an amazing experience & view! Hot Air balloons have always fascinated me, however, I doubt I could ever go up in one I have a fear of heights.

  3. Great pictures!! I’m scared of heights but this one thing I have always wanted to do my whole life, I can just imagine how peaceful and calm it would be to float over the valley being out in the open like that, it’d be like a bird flying in the sky, maybe one day my dream will come true

  4. What a great experience to do it in Albuquerque! How fun! I’d love to take a ride in a hot air balloon.
    Cheers.

  5. I used to have a reoccurring dream of being in a hot air balloon and loving it. Definitely a dream because I’m afraid of heights.

  6. I would love to go on a balloon ride. Although I’m scared of heights and all, I’m adding this to my bucket list!

  7. Thanks for sharing this. This has been one of “things I want to try” but wasn’t sure about. Sounds like a great experience.

  8. I have always wanted to take a Hot Air balloon ride, being excited about going somewhere can bring on an outbreak, if you use your Oxy Emergency kit you can clear up those blemishes fast

  9. Wow! This must have been a memorable trip for you. I do not have a hot air balloon ride on my bucket list but I do have a bungee jump!
    The scenery was breath-taking and your balloon was certainly the prettiest. Every one looks as if they enjoyed the trip,

  10. Hubby and I will be celebrating our 37th anniversary next week. I have always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride. I think I will surprise him

  11. Like many others I’m none too sure that I could do this. I’d love the views I’m sure but the height worries me 🙂

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