I’ve been wanting to get to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque.
We just can’t seem to make it happen.
So this year, we set out for Steamboat.
A short 3 hour drive … 3 nights in the pop-up … 25 balloons … it was a grand time!
We drove up on Thursday the 7th, getting there quite late.
Friday, we just hung out, driving around Steamboat.

Saturday morning, the launch was at 6am, so it was an early rise.

The afternoon found Steve and the Bigs floating down the Yampa River on inner tubes.
The Littles and I found a splash pad at the base of the ski hill.

Saturday evening was the glow.
Although there were only 5 balloons that set up at the base of the mountain … it was still fun.

The plan was to watch the launch on Sunday morning again, but exhaustion got the best of us.
We slept in, tore down camp, and headed home.
It was a fun weekend … one we will do again next year.
The only thing we would change is where we camp.
We’ll book the KOA well in advance, as it’s right in town, and not a 45 minute drive.