We eventually had the destination of the 2012 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta on our agenda. What we didn’t plan for was the flu bug to invade my body and make me feel so tired, sore, and overall, yucky! Oh well, time to feel all sick and all just would have to wait. I pushed through the malaise and set out each morning we attended at the ripe hour of 4am to drive to the shuttle site, board the bus, and arrive, in the pitch dark, to the site of the event. It was my first time attending and it was quite amazing and left all of us in awe of the beauty and passion of the event. Never have I seen that many hot air balloons! So many colors, so many shapes, so many people! Incredible experience! Brought me back to our first hot air balloon flight, several years back in Lake Tahoe area, when I literally thought that I would fall out of the balloon as it swayed in the air. Of course, it was nothing like that, and I could only describe the experience as one of the most peaceful and surreal experiences I have ever had. If you’ve never done that, and you seek adventure, it’s not too late to add it to your “to do” list for 2013.