Woke up this morning to the usual sunny day, although it was a bit chilly. This is my last day here in
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
are on the east
side of the city. Sandia
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!