Full moon above Rio Grande Gorge
Full moon
Taos Mountains ... Dawn will be coming soon
Equipment is still in the van
Crew and future passengers are having a chat
I am signing the liability waiver
Sun is coming up behing Taos mountains
Casey and Kory unloading equipment
Unloading the basket
Unpacking, listing, checking
Burner fitting
Casey untangling lines
Casey and Kory tying lines
Kory checking
Second set of lines
Sun coming above the mountains
The balloon is just a long flat snake lying on the ground
To begin inflating, we hold the balloon opening
Jennifer, our travel companion
Jennifer and I holding the balloon
Beginning to inflate
Indeed, inflating is rather fast
Kory checking inside the balloon
The balloon is beginning to take shape
Balloon already half-inflated
Passengers and crew immediately before take-off
We're airborne !
Wind is pushing us towards the gorge
Another balloon took off shortly before us
Close-up on the second balloon
Rio Grande Gorge
Close-up on the second balloon
Rio Grande Gorge
Our balloon's shadow on the side of the gorge
Metal bridge above Rio Grande
Rio Grande Gorge towards the North
The vans are leaving
Rio Grande Gorge
The second balloon is going down towards water surface
Heading towards the river
Closing in towards the surface ...
The burners and inside the balloon
Missed, they did not touch the surface
Ken at the controls
The second balloon is leaving the gorge
In a few seconds, we will be gently touching the surface
Leaving Rio Grande Gorge
Our ballon's shadow on the side of Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande
Rio Grande
Inside the balloon
Gorgeous weather on Taos Plateau
Taos Plateau
Taos Plateau
Rio Grande Gorge and US Route 64 bridge
Rio Grande Gorge and Taos Plateau
US Route 64 bridge
Jackrabbit
Christian, Kory, Ken, Jennifer, Casey
Tourist train at Fort Garland
Tourist train at Fort Garland
Tourist train at Fort Garland
Heading towards Great Sand Dunes
The Rocky Mountains
Great Sand Dunes
Great Sand Dunes
Orientation table at Great Sand Dunes
The dunes seen from the visitor center
The dunes seen from Montville Nature Trail
The dunes seen from Medano Creek
Great Sand Dunes
Great Sand Dunes and Rocky Mountains
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbird
Hummingbirds