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We traveled across the Texas panhandle, which is remarkable for its breathtaking flatness. Deep canyons cut across this flatness at seemingly random intevals, breaking up the monotony of the landscape. We crossed New Mexico border and the mesas rose above the desert. New Mexico is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S.
We entered Albuquerque late. We did not see much of the city except for the incompetent drivers. We were greeted with especially tasty barbeque. We resolved to wake up early for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The city is proud of this hot air balloon festival, naming a city fair ground after the event and going so far as to boast that the Fiesta is one of the most “photographed events in the world.” This is completely unverifiable and is like saying that the Tulsa Golden Driller is the largest free-standing statue in the world, which is just a lie.
The next morning we woke up at 6:30 AM. I was not happy about this. Instead of paying the fee to park at the Fiesta grounds, we drove out to an outlying Indian reservation gas station with an overhead view of the inflating balloons. The morning balloon launch was quite magnificent. Luckily, the day of our viewing coincided with the day they launched the distinctively shaped balloons. Instead of the traditional balloon design, we saw a balloon shaped like Darth Vader’s helmet, Pepe le Pew, Smokey the Bear, a Pepsi Can, a Rastafarian Turkey, and Noah’s Ark (This balloon was intricately detailed. Perhaps too intricately detailed, because from afar we thought it was a large hamburger infected with cancerous boils).
Also there was this weird balloon that the others described as a “Bank” but I thought looked more like Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. What do you think it is? Please direct thoughts to the comments.
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