When Alan and I attended the Bluff Balloon Festival last week (January 2010), we enjoyed a baby boomer trip that included our favorite activities—photography and exploring. But what we really longed to do was fly in a hot air balloon.

During check-in at our accommodations, Desert Rose Inn, I mentioned to innkeeper Cindy Tumeh that I was a writer covering the Bluff Balloon Festival for several online markets.

“Would you like to go up in a balloon?” Cindy asked.

“Absolutely!” I replied.

Cindy made a call and our early morning balloon ride was arranged for the next day. Alan and I would ride in Koshare Gallup during the Hare and Coyote Race. Our balloon would be the hare that the rest of the balloons (some 20+) chased.

Koshare Gallop Balloon

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