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Podcast #12: Insider’s Guide 🤗 RVing the ABQ Balloon Fiesta!

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The RV Work Life Balance PODCAST!

Episode 12: RVing The Albuquerque (ABQ) Balloon Fiesta!

RVing from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2023: We invite you on the Ultimate RV Bucket List Adventure! All the what, where, when, why & HOW to get there…


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  • 11-20-2023 – EPISODE 12 – (01:14:31)
  • Title: RVing The ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023!


– – – – – HIGHLIGHTS – – – – –

  • (00:00:45) – The Podcast Police?! 👮‍♀️
  • (00:05:30) – RVing The ABQ Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, NM
  • (00:08:00) – Registration FAIL & Best Advice
  • (00:20:05) – ABQ Balloon Fiesta Schedule
  • (00:26:10) – Chase Crew: Tacos & Tequila! 🌮 
  • (00:33:34) – Rough Landing 🐷
  • (00:44:50) – ABQ Balloon Fiesta Weather
  • (00:58:20) – BONUS: ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE 🌝🌓🌒
  • (01:10:00) – ABQ Balloon Fiesta & RV Work Life Balance
  • (01:12:45) – Join the Adventure! – P.S. SUBSCRIBE! 😘


Sherri & Russ selfie in front of sky full of hot air balloons - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023Woman in red jacket in front of hot air balloon launch - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023Russ wrangling HAM-LET - The World's Largest Flying Pig - hot air balloon - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023Balloon chase vehicle with hot air balloons rising in the sky behind - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023


Join us on a magical journey as we recap our adventures at the 2023 Albuquerque (ABQ) Balloon Fiesta! With over 500 hot air balloons from around the globe, the ABQ Balloon Fiesta was a truly enchanting experience.

From chasing HAM-LET – The World’s Largest Flying Pig hot air balloon, to standing in awe at DAWN PATROL during the National Anthem, with stunning aerial flyovers, to closing the night with the incredible Drone Light Show and spectacular AfterGlow™ Fireworks display, this episode covers it all.

And it wasn’t just about hot air balloons! We tasted local cuisine, met wonderful people, and became part of the Albuquerque Family.

This experience was a testament to the beauty of life’s special moments, the thrill of new experiences, and the importance of achieving a healthy RV Work Life Balance (i.e. Vacation Days!).

Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s about experiencing new things, meeting new people, and making unforgettable memories. And sometimes, it’s about soaring with the giants, chasing flying pigs, and witnessing the awesome beauty of an Annular Solar Eclipse with thousands of fellow adventurers. Because in the end, it’s these moments that make life truly magical.

As we recount our experience at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, we invite you to join us on our future RV Work Life Balance adventures. Let’s continue to explore the beauty of life, chase our dreams, and create magical moments together. 

Adventure awaits at every corner and sometimes, all you need to do is look up!

Join us for RVing The ABQ Balloon Fiesta!

HAM-LET - The World's Largest Flying Pig hot air balloon flying high at ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023Hot air balloon chase crew rescuing the balloon from a rough landing - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023

Balloon chase crew guiding hot air balloon across a dry ravine to safety - ABQ Balloon Fiesta 2023

HAMLET the world's largest flying pig balloon trading card from Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta







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