Trams, Balloons, and Earthships – Kickass Fall Excursion

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Who wants more photos from this blog?  I mean, seriously, isn’t it more fun to read a blog when there are photos to go with it?  Well here we go!  I’ve got good news and bad news for you.  How about the bad news first?  There won’t be a Miles, Points, and Deals roundup this month.  I’ve been slammed with busyness, and I just don’t have time to do one.  (They’re very time consuming!)

How about the good news?  I took Jessica to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta.  I also took her to Taos.  I asked for her hand in marriage, and she said yes!  And guess what?  You get to hear all about it now!  Enjoy!

As you can see from the above picture, the Balloon Fiesta was awesome.  I went to a few balloon festivals in Mississippi when I was young, but I don’t really remember them.  I just remember that I wasn’t the one who suggested we go, and I didn’t totally enjoy them.  This time around?  Totally different.

Jessica mentioned that she’d always wanted to go to the Balloon Fiesta, so I immediately booked some cheap Southwest (sale) tickets to ABQ, and the preparation began!  You really can’t grasp how massive the balloons are from photos.  You just have to see it for yourself.  They are massive, there are lots of them, and they are amazing.

We had such a blast at the Balloon Fiesta.  We wanted it to last all year, and we didn’t want to leave.  However, Balloon Fiesta wasn’t the only thing going on during our fall excursion.  We also went on the Sandia Peak Tramway.

Sandia Peak Tramway

We first went up the tramway the evening we arrived in ABQ (not pictured above).  It was dark, and suffice it to say – we were scared shitless.  From the ground, it looks like the thing is only about 50 feet up, the entire ride.  However, once you get over the second cable “tower,” you’re 1,000 feet above the ground.  Holy moly.

During our second flight, however (pictured above), it was daytime, and we LOVED it.  The view was beautiful, the air was crisp, and it was just really amazing.  We walked around at the top for a while, and we really didn’t want to go down.  If you haven’t been on it, schedule a trip out to ABQ and go.  During the day.  🙂

Happy On The Sandia Peak Tramway

We also stayed in an earthship for two nights.  It was freaking amazing, and we want to build one of our own.  There’s no A/C, no incoming power lines, and no incoming water lines.  The house keeps itself at 70 degrees (F) year round, and the only “utility” bills include about $100 worth of propane per year.  It was absolutely the most beautiful house we’ve ever seen.  Again – go stay in one.

Jessica Casey Earthship

During our adventures, Jessica caught a balloon!  I was very impressed and decided to document the feat.  Not too many more words needed for this one.

Jessica caught a balloon!

Remember when I said we were scared shitless on the first tram ride?  Spoiler alert – I planned a balloon ride for this trip.  I planned it for a few days after that first tram ride.  However, halfway up the tram, I told Jessica, “I have to spoil a surprise for you.”  She said, “No!  Don’t spoil any surprises!”  I responded, “I got us a balloon ride for Friday, and there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to do it.  This is freaking me out!”

Haha, I seriously thought I wouldn’t be able to go up in a balloon after the “tram incident.”  However, tram ride #2 had me thirsting for a ride in a balloon!  Jessica too!  So we did it.  And it… was… AWESOME.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

I put my fingers in the frame to give you an idea of how high up we were.  We were at about 2,500 feet.  Note: Before this trip, I was deathly afraid of heights.  I had flight anxiety in planes, and I got nervous being in high buildings. I say this for the people who say, “I could never go up in a balloon – I’m too afraid of heights.”

Folks, I was seriously going to cancel this balloon ride because of my fear.  I got nervous just thinking about it.  However, I did it.  And I loved it.  And I would do it again MANY times over.  I didn’t believe any of the online reviewers who said it wasn’t scary, but now I do.  It’s the weirdest thing.  It’s just a calm, peaceful, awesome ride, and I am no longer afraid of heights.  I actually wanted to go higher during the ride! Crazy, right?!

Happy Ballooners

And there you have it.  An awesome fall excursion.  Not only was it an amazing trip, we took our relationship to new heights.  The tram was great.  The Fiesta was spectacular.  The balloon ride was out of this world.   But my favorite part of this trip?

Americus Diamond Peridot Diamond Ring

The woman (ahem, or “sexy lady”) of my dreams is giving me her hand in marriage.  Words can’t express they joy I feel in my heart when I think about Jessica.  She’s my honeypie.  And we get to spend our lives together, exploring, learning, creating, and loving.  There’s nothing in the world I want more than that.  She’s my thrill.

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