Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Leaving the Balloon Fiesta on Day 4, Now in Casa Grande, AZ - October 11, 2017

The balloons all took off again on Tuesday, the 10th. This was day 4 of the festival. I took a picture of the mass of balloons overhead (last one, I promise) as we were packing up and getting ready to head out.

We actually cut short our stay here. We did 2 nights just down the road at the Route 66 Casino, and 4 more at balloon field. We saw all we wanted to in Albuquerque and the balloon festival and decided to head out a day early.

South on Interstate 25, and across on highway 26 to Deming, NM. A 250 mile travel day. Weather was perfect, no wind and temps in the 60s.

We decided to stop at the Escapee park in Deming, Dream Catcher RV Park. This was a good stop on the way to Yuma. $20.39 for a nice FHU spot.

We dumped our tanks after boondocking 4 days, and Donna did laundry while we were there, and that's just about it.

In the morning, we headed further west towards Yuma.

Entering Arizona.

Our plan was to stop for a couple of days at the Del Sol Casino in Tucson and boondock in their parking lot. But the temps were going to be around 96 degrees. I think our cats (and us) might find that a little uncomfortable, so we went to plan B. We chose the Escapee park in Casa Grande just off Interstate 8, Rover's Roost. We had never been there, and they had a special deal for first time visitors. $90.00 for a week and you get 3 additional days (plus taxes and electricity). So we will do 10 days here.They were very friendly as we got checked into space 22.

We have both AC units on and we are happy ... so are our cats.

Going to go explore the Casa Grande area tomorrow.

Fergs .... out!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Day 3, Albuquerque, NM - October 10, 2017

Yesterday was festival day 3. Saturday and Sunday was opening weekend and there were things happening all day, each day. Now Monday, just a few things happening in the morning. The wind was blowing away from our RV parking lot again so I walked to balloon field and took my last pics of the balloons.

OK .... I'm done taking balloon pictures now.

Then Donna and I went to check out the Balloon Museum. Pretty amazing! The place was big and packed with balloon history and stuff.

Well worth the admission ($6.00). A great museum.

Then we headed off to another museum I wanted to see, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. This place was awesome! It had everything from splitting the atom, the Manhatten Project, the bombs created and used over Japan, to military uses of nuclear technology, and medical uses as well. It had everything you can think of that benefitted from the nuclear discoveries. I especially liked the outdoor aircraft displays.

Los Alamos lab

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs

Trinity bomb




Two cool museums in one day. How cool is that!

Colder weather is comming and we have seen about all we have came to see, so we are leaving Albuquerque this morning.

Continuing southward.

Fergs .... out!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Day 2, Albuquerque, NM - October 9, 2017

Festival day 2, we slept in. This day, we decided to see the festival from our RV. Instead of getting up and to the field at 5:30 AM, we got up at 6 AM in time for the Dawn Patrol. We saw the balloons out our front window glowing and going up.

It seemed the wind was blowing the wrong direction and they wouldn't be coming our way.

So I walked down to the launch field and watched.

Then I noticed they were moving towards the RV parking area where we were. I boogied back to the RV and got up on our roof.


Is this crazy or what!

Hello me!

Our solar panels are keeping us charged really well.

I haven't needed to fire up our generator while we have been here, unlike many folks around us. Green is good!

Later in the day, we drove up to Sandia Crest. This is the big mountain to the east of Albuquerque. Albuquerque is a mile high, like Denver, and Sandia Crest is a mile above the city at 10,672 feet. It was a nice drive up the back side. There were lots of picnic areas and hiking trails. At the top was a cafe and gift shop, along with a bunch of communication towers and a killer view.

Fourty six years ago, I was up here with my Army buddies, and we even skied at the Sandia Ski Area up here.

That afternoon, we criused down Central Avenue (Route 66). Nothing looked the same as I remembered it. 46 years is a long time.

We cruised through Albuquerque Old Town. Sunday was a busy day and we couldn't find a parking spot. Oh well, we took some pictures of the area. Lots of touristy shops, eateries, and Mariachi bands playing.

Hey, there's Herbie!

We are enjoying the balloon festival and the sights of Albuquerque.

Fergs .... out!