In early October for almost 50 years now, Albuquerque, New Mexico welcomes hundreds of thousands of spectators for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Over 1,000 hot air balloon pilots compete and take part in a week long event with various activities. Early morning hours see the dawn patrol lift off, mass ascensions of balloons and contests of navigational and flying ability. In the evenings, there are glow-de-o’s where balloons are lit in sequence and en masse, and fireworks and laser shows. Repeatedly dubbed “the world’s most photographed event”, I was able to attend the fiesta this year for three days, seeing several of the early morning and evening events. Click on the picture to the left for a larger image from one of the glow-de-o events. If you get the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it. The people of Albuquerque were very friendly, despite the masses of people swelling the size of their town by 20%!