If you follow our adventures, you know that Chris and I have set out to visit all 50 states. I haven’t counted lately, but we’re probably at about 27 or 28 states. The rules are: you have to spend the night in the state. That’s the only rule. We don’t even have to necessarily visit the state together per se, but we do spend our vacations together rotating who picks the next trip/destination and always pick someplace new. Once we’ve visited a new state, we put pins in our Wayfaren map that hangs in our house when we get home.
This time, it was Chris’ pick . . . and he picked New Mexico. He loves the outdoors and the thought of hiking the mountains of New Mexico was what sparked his initial interest, but we started researching what was popular or must-do types of things in the state before we booked it. It turns out, Albuquerque is best known for their International Balloon Fiesta which brings thousands of hot air balloons to their city for a nine-day festival. So of course, we decided to book the trip around the fiesta.
We spent the majority of our time in New Mexico going to the balloon fiesta, which I would highly recommend. Even if you aren’t into hot air balloons, you should definitely go! I don’t typically say too cheesy of things, but I will say, it was actually magical! Unfortunately, because it was somewhat of a quick trip, we didn’t plan/end up taking an actual hot air balloon ride, but if the opportunity presents itself in the future, I think we’d both be willing to climb into one of those baskets and set out into the sky.
Here’s just a small peek into the hundreds of photos I took on this trip, and a little commentary on some of the things we did . . .
We really enjoyed New Mexico, though I’m not sure if it would’ve been as entertaining without the balloon fiesta. So, if you’re heading that way, I would recommend visiting during the fiesta.
Aside from hiking and the balloon fiesta, we visited a handful of cool restaurants, I ate some mini donuts at the fiesta like they were going out of style, and we visited a little town called Madrid with little shops that sell items from local artists. It was a fun trip!
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