With our friends the Handwerks having recently moved "next door", we've been looking for a chance to go visit them in New Mexico, and were able to do just that this past weekend.
There was the usual and enjoyable hanging out and catching up, but we were also treated to two special outings... one was to the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, where we hiked thru some *amazing* terrain. The wind- and rain-sculpted rock formations along the trail were stunning, and it was our first time walking through a slot canyon.
The second was to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. The Handwerks have a very good vantage point from their home, but we decided to see some of the balloons up-close so drove down to the launch site area during the one "mass ascension" and were surrounded not by some, but by many balloons. We couldn't count them all, but our very rough estimate is that there were about 150 balloons aloft.
Here's a slideshow of pix from the all-too-brief trip.