I’m a bit tardy in sharing recent travels, but with Thanksgiving here it seems fitting to share.
I just recently celebrated a birthday in October and for a birthday weekend getaway, boyfriend John and I traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to experience the magic of the city’s Balloon Fiesta.
We left Houston after work a Wednesday evening and headed down the Texas I-45. We made it just passed Wichita Falls until searching for an accommodating motel. After a good night’s rest, we started our trek early and made it to Albuquerque by early afternoon.
We went outside the hotel box and found a beautifully unique Airbnb stay – a Yurt! But this was no ordinary yurt. No, this was the yurt of all yurts. The yurt was stylish and comfortable – even equipped with a full kitchen, bar, pluming and a nice bathroom with even a large shower. The yurt sat on a large property with wonderful owners/landlords, and the property came with two sweet and curious pups, two loving kitties, and two friendly and hungry horses. All ready for some loving.
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A unique Airbnb stay in Albuquerque, New Mexico – a yurt (photos by Christina Martinez).
Thursday evening we ventured to the night portion of the Balloon Fiesta where we enjoyed the night glow – where balloons light up their balloons in different light patterns – immediately followed by a grand firework show. A birthday firework show I won’t ever forget.
Friday morning we rose early to catch the mass ascension of the balloons with the sun rise and this was, in my opinion, the show stopper event. Thousands eagerly await the first balloon to ascend and as the sun rises, more balloons take the sky. What first seems to be a row of 15 balloons, quickly turns into rows upon rows of balloons that go as far as the eye can see. The sun eventually rises, warming the crowd and igniting a fire in all. And with the sun, rises 600 plus balloons in the clear blue sky. A breathtaking sight that can only be described as truly magical.
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Christina Martinez and boy friend John at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Balloon Fiesta 2017
(photos by Christina Martinez ).
While surrounded by the magic, naturally I had to taste the festival fare. The breakfast burrito was the clear winner, putting an entire tamale in a burrito with eggs and fixings, and the choice of green or red salsa; green clearly being the only color to choose while in New Mexico.
For dinner, we ventured to ABQ’s Nob Hill – a similar area that’s comparable to our Heights’ 19th Street with local boutiques and dining – for dinner and drinks at Zacateca’s. Enchiladas Verdes y Tacos Al Pastor were what was on the menu.
We ended the evening star gazing out the top of our yurt. It was a magical birthday filled with love and adventure, and these moments I’ll always cherish and be grateful for.