We got up at 5:30am this morning and so did our couchsurfing hosts Cheryl and Mike. Cheryl made coffee for everyone and we said our goodbyes. Thanks for being such great hosts Cheryl and Mike! Then, we headed out to the meeting spot for our balloon ride.
The guys from World Balloon were there waiting for us at the arranged 6:45am time.
This was taken at 6:49 am. There's Ruth trying to stay warm!
The temperature was only 39F (3C) and it was cloudy. Abnormally cold for this time of year, but it's not the cold that stops the balloon from going up. It's the wind, and at this particular time there was a pretty strong breeze. But sometimes if the sun can break through the clouds it will calm the winds down really quickly. So we waited around about 45 minutes to see if that would happen.
There were seven people scheduled to go up and they had two balloons ready to be deployed if the weather changed.
C'mon sun...you can do it!
But the clouds moved back, and the winds continued, and of course safety is the prime consideration. Thanks for trying so hard for us World Balloon...we'll be back to Albuquerque another time and perhaps the weather will be back to normal!
So instead, we got an early start to the city of Taos...we'll tell you all about it tomorrow morning!