I finally made it to the annual balloon festival held in Albuquerque each fall. It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year for the city and they put on a great show. There were several hundred balloons lifting off each of the two mornings I went and it was a non-stop visual experience. In additional to the photos I was taking, a put together a collection of video clips caught on my camera that gives you a pretty typical look at a morning’s mass ascension.
After leaving southern Arizona, I crossed the border into New Mexico and headed north. Just above Santa Fe is the High Road to Taos. This scenic route, averaging an elevation between 7,000-8,000 feet passes through several small Indian pueblos and ends in Taos, as you might have predicted.
Leaving Highway 285/84 just north of Santa Fe, the first pueblo I passed was Nambé. This church is just off the main road and features the classic adobe style found widespread in the northern part of the state. Continuing north, you pass through some impressive landscape as you climb higher into the region.