ABQ Balloon Fiesta IV -> Friends & Beer (Final Round Up)
So, after hemming & hawing about writing a FOURTH post on Balloon Fiesta (because you really haven’t had enough balloon pics already, right???!!!), I decided I had to do a short one just to wrap up the event and give a shout-out to some of the wonderful people we met while we were there.
As much as Balloon Fiesta was about ballooning, it was also (for me) about the the social contacts. Besides the bond of our crewing experience, we connected with a bunch of cool folks whom we either met or re-met at the Fiesta, both within our parked group and in others. There are all kind of “peeps” out here and whether you come as a single or with a caravan, you’ll be able to find your tribe without a problem. To say the entire thing was a social PAR-TAY would not be exaggerating.
We met Paul’s dad & stepmom in their RV before Balloon Fiesta and parked right next to them & our good RV buddies Jil & Tom for the duration of the show. Plus we all crewed together, which was an awesome experience, as those of you who’ve read the past 3 posts already know.
Within the Boomers group there were a ton of excellent folk, many of whom we met at the Happy Hour (I didn’t write down names & blogs so if we met and/or you blogged about Fiesta FEEL FREE to link below in the comments so others can find you & read your impressions of the event).
Over at the Xscapers group (who were literally right down the way in the Standard Lot) there was a lovely ~20-rig convergence of cool folks & bloggers. Of course our dear friends Chris & Cherie (Technomadia) were there and Cherie, in her usual efficient manner, has already written several excellent posts both about the event itself and the dream & spirit of the Xscapers group. But we also met a bunch of other bloggers who we’ve either stalked or followed for a long time including (and I’m totally stealing this list from Cherie’s post) Drive Dive Devour, RV Outlawz, Finding Marshall, Rolling Recess, Thisawayz and Thatawayz, The Roaming Pint, Adventure-Next, The Kuhl Odyssey, Nosh Bus, Traveling Haywoods, Marxrv, Wander Wasi, RV Wanderlust, Rolling Under the Stars and Winnie Views. Both The Kuhl Odyssey who we met for the first time & Winnie Views who we “blog stalked” all thro’ Baja last winter already have posts up about Fiesta (click their links to read them).
And for the blog-reader beer lovers out there?? You know I would be remiss without mentioning at least a few brew pubs.
We had actually originally intended to visit ALL the brewing locations in ABQ while we were at Fiesta (after all we had 10 whole days!), but the whole event ended up being so social & intense we only got out to taste two. We will HAVE to come back for the rest:
- Turtle Mountain Brewing – These folks have a large brewery/restaurant just NW of ABQ in Rio Rancho. They carry a bunch of their own beers, plus typically a few guest taps. Quality was consistently good, but only the Okú Amber (rye) stood out for us. Food was also decent, but not outstanding. Outside patio IS dog-friendly. Click HERE for link.
- Bosque Brewing Company – These guys have a small & cozy tasting room walking distance from the Standard RV Lot (!!) and boast the top-winning IPA in the city. We found all their brews to be high quality and especially enjoyed their Scale Tipper & Acequia IPA’s (classic, hop-forward IPA’s), their Scotch Ale (very nice) and their Pumpkin Imperial Stout (a hefty stout with subtle pumpkin flavors).. The food menu was a very short list of standard pub fare, but ALL of it was good. I especially enjoyed their Green Chili Stew. NO outside patio and NOT dog-friendly. Click HERE for link.
So that’s it folks….finally! You will not see any more balloon pics from me, at least in the near future. For the next post I’m taking you out to the desert and a painted landscape that you wouldn’t believe actually exists in nature. See you there!