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Balloons! Balloons Everywhere!

See You in Albuquerque

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To be honest, UWanderings probably won’t make it there this year, but we went a couple years ago and had a blast. If you catch yourself in the ABQ in early October each year, you might wake up early enough to notice hot air balloons floating around the city. Morning is the best time for ballooning due to air temperature.

It’s a bizarre feeling watching a balloon hover over you while driving on Interstate 25 as you’re heading to the Fiesta’s fairgrounds, where you can get local eats and buy cool souvenirs at any one of the tented venues. A must see if you’re there; a must do if you’re a ballooning enthusiast.

This year’s Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is from October 7-15, 2017. See the link below for more details.

Official Balloon Fiesta Website

Here in the West

America’s Rural Roots

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The National Western Stock Show, or the “Stock Show”, as it’s commonly known, is a well-established event that takes place in Denver annually. For one week each January, visitors can see the “other” Colorado, the one that exists outside of Denver, Boulder, and the touristy ski towns.



The Stock Show highlights Colorado’s–and America’s–rural side, complete with rodeos, livestock showings, and a forum to buy “western” stuff. Authentic cowboy boots, anyone? Ranchers from throughout the United States and Canada bring their prized livestock to Denver every year to be judged.

For anyone who’s not from the West, like this East Coaster, going to the Stock Show within an hour of getting off the plane from New York was a real culture shock. But it’s a treat to see if you can go.

Official website