On Saturday, October 11, 2014 I had the opportunity to head down from Santa Fe to view and photograph the dawn patrol and mass ascension of hot air balloons at the 2014 Albuquerque, New Mexico Balloon Fiesta.
I headed down with my colleague Christine Hauber. The alarm went off at 3:15am so we could leave Santa Fe at 4am and make the 45 minute trip down to Albuquerque.
It was a good thing we left so early. We were able to park very close to the gate and had plenty of time to get our bearings set before the dawn patrol went up. Watching the news that evening we learned that traffic jams later in the morning prevented many people from getting down to the Fiesta and they even had to close the exit for a while due to the traffic.