The Fiesta introduced a bicycle valet service last year to encourage people to ride there rather than drive. So, we were on our bikes at 5:40 am for an 8.5-mile ride to the park to arrive before sunrise. I have no pictures of that, but it explains the helmet-hair and bright yellow jacket.
Already a couple of hundred balloons in the air as the sun rises over the Sandias.
More balloons are just getting ready to rise.
The view from the field. There are something like 100,000 people and 500 balloons.
Troy's favorite balloon: Spider Pig
Not sure if Troy is getting stepped on or getting his head licked by "Sam".
My favorite balloon this year: Sam, an upside-down elephant from Brazil.
The Shark and astronaut were new this year too.