New Mexico Rv Trip: Santa Fe, International Balloon Festival, Bandelier National Monument, October 2002; Doug and Ellen

New Mexico Rv Trip: 2002 International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta-the mass ascension
Text by Ellen and Doug; Photos by Doug

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Prologue

Day 1 - September 30, 2002

We are off on our great fall adventure!

We drive on 285 through South Park and the San Luis Valley and are treated to spectacular vistas. Swaths of evergreens on mountainsides streaked with aspens in various shades of orange and gold, capped off by peaks dusted with white. We spend our first night along the banks of the Conejos River just west of Antonita, Colorado.

Day 2 - October 1, 2002

We awake to sub-freezing temperatures and frost on the windows of the trailer. Thank goodness for the furnace which quickly warms up our home.

When the sun rises, the air warms and we are able to explore a bit. We walk down to the river and meander along the banks following animal trails (probably deer0. We watch two dippers chase each other and alight on rocks and do their characteristic bobbing and dipping which gives these birds their name, though we donít see them go into and under the water.
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Morning walk along the Conejos River

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