Has anyone been to the annual Balloon Festival in New Mexico? I've been thinking about making a spontaneous trip to Albuquerque this year for the opening weekend (October 6th-8th). Well, now that I think about it, not TOO spontaneous. I'd have to reserve a room pretty far in advance because I'm sure it'll be packed.
My folks want to go next year, but I figured it would be good for me to head over there myself (or preferably with a companion) this year to check it out and see if it's something they would enjoy.
And of course, knowing me Mr. Fit-it-all-in, I'd like to add some extra stops. I really haven't "seen" New Mexico (outside of a 1997 trip by plane to visit a friend in Albuquerque for 4 days).
My itinerary would go something like this:
Wednesday, October 3rd - Leave in the morning from San Juan Capistrano, CA, and head as far east as I can on I-10, probably to Las Cruces, NM.
Thursday, October 4th - I would spend the first part of the day at White Sands National Monument, via Hwy 70. The rest of the day I would drive to Roswell, NM (also via Hwy 70).
Friday, October 5th - In the morning/early afternoon I would do whatever "tourist" things they have in Roswell, and then when I'm done head on up via Hwy 285/I-40 to Albuquerque where I'd go to bed REALLY early.
Saturday, October 6th - I'd have to get up at 4:30am if I have any hope of catching the opening ceremonies. From there I'd spend the rest of the day with their activities.
Sunday, October 7th - More of the same festival hullabaloo. Fireworks show at 8pm.
Monday, October 8th - Catch the 7:00am competition, and when that's done at 8:00am, start heading out west via I-40 to Flagstaff, AZ since I have an overnight connection there.
Tuesday, October 9th - Drive home on I-40/I-15!
What should I be prepared for? Is the crowd going to be insane? Anyone heading out there I can meet? What can I expect from this kind of trip? Thanks for all and any.