Robin Baxter: The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
In 2017, Warren and I attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. We had recently purchased our Keystone Montana fifth wheel and had heard great things about the Balloon Fiesta, including how popular it was for RVers. We were new to the RV lifestyle and really didn’t know what to expect, but upon arriving at the festival grounds, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. In addition to riding in some of the balloons, Warren and I got asked to be a part of a special “balloon team.” We spent the next few days learning all about hot air balloon culture, helping launch balloons, collapsing and packing them, and participating in a secret initiation that symbolized acceptance into the hot air balloon family.
This incredible trip showed us that bringing an RV to a festival is the best way to travel. First, there is usually a dedicated space for RVs at these festivals and you immediately bond with your fellow RVers because you have a major thing in common (you both own RVs). Neighboring RVers are also a great resource to help you park, set-up and share valuable knowledge. Second, having an RV at a festival is extremely convenient. You have all of your supplies and belongings right there with you, including a place to rest, make food or use the bathroom. And lastly, if you travel with pets and the festival allows them, you don’t have to worry about leaving them with a friend or pet-sitter. Having an RV gives a lot of pet-owners peace of mind and the flexibility to be able to check on their pets during the day if needed.