Friday, January 4, 2013

A Surprising Connection Between NM and MEA Surprising Connection Between NM and ME

Woke up this morning to the usual sunny day, although it was a bit chilly.  This is my last day here in Albuquerque.

We decided it would be fun to go to the Balloon Museum

Albuquerque being the hot air ballooning capital of the world,  Has to do with the mountains ringing the city and the air currents.  The Rockies are to the west and the Sandia Mountains are on the east side of the city.

We started out with a photo op setting.

Here's my granddaughter flying solo.

           And my son and I joining her

The museum has lots of great information about ballooning and some wonderful displays.  But the one most interesting to me was the Double Eagle II.  On August 11, 1978 the Double Eagle II ascended from Presque Isle, Maine and 137+ hours later laded outside of Paris, France (not Paris, Maine), close to where Charles Lindburgh landed, the first successful Atlantic crossing in a hot air balloon.

If you look carefully, on the side you might be able to read Albuquerque and Maine.  There's also a Maine state flag hanging nearby.

I tried to get the whole of the gondola and balloon in, but the extended balloon was too high.

We ended our excursion at the Owl Café, famous for their green chili burgers and awesome milk shakes.

Flying home tomorrow and looking forward to 20 inches of snow on my back deck.  Not!