Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Rally at Albuquerque, New Mexico

We left Cambria, CA on April 7th, but regard our Alaskan trip as actually starting at The Rally in Albuquerque, NM, where we are right now. For those who don't know, The Rally is a once-a-year RVers get-together. There are over 3,000 RV coaches here, approximately 6,000 people, hundreds of vendors, numerous classes and seminars on all the various aspects of RVing, and lots of new RVs to go through. There was/is also entertainment -- Neil Sedaka, Rita Coolidge, the Osmonds, and Papa Duo Run Run.

The weather did not cooperate with the Event on the first day -- high winds, rain and snow (temperatures in the 30s). But, each day thereafter just kept getting better. We are at the place where the annual balloon festival is held. The picture of the parking lot is just one of many parking lots for the attendees.

Last night, the folks from the Albuquerque Balloon Festival put on a "balloon glow" display of five multi-colored balloons. See video.

We leave on Tuesday, heading to a XanGo Regional in Las Vegas. Will update this blog next week.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful Pictures.

SMSullivan said...

Hi everybody. Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. They've restricted my Internet access here to 15 minutes on Wednesdays. Another inmate said I shanked him over a carton of cigarettes. Anyway Mom, I noticed you were in New Mexico and couldn't make it over here. Don't worry, I'm getting used to it. I went to the visiting room hoping you would show but knowing you wouldn't. That sure is a nice RV you have there.

Seeing those hot air balloons makes me wonder if you could land one of those in the yard and let me jump in and float away. I wrote in my letter, my parole meeting is next Tuesday. The warden says that if you show up and say a few kind words, that it would go a long way towards me possibly getting out early. But I see you are already back in Nevada and talking about Canada. Maybe you can make it next year.

You have fun Mom. I don't know how much more I can take in here.


gypsysal said...

Thanks for the neat pics..We were at the dam 1 yr or so ago when it was not as far along . Glad to see the progress. We saw a story about it one day on "Modern Marvels" and have been following the progress ever since. Quite an undertaking!! isn't it ?
We are leaving for Alaska on the first of June. I'll follow your blog...maybe run into you ..
Safe Travels,God Bless