Rather than attending the largest hot air balloon festivals, like the one in Albuquerque, I prefer smaller gatherings where you have a chance to speak with the balloon owners and pilots, and sometimes even help out. This dirigible event occurred in New Mexico, but in the rural town of Angel Fire in the northern region of the Land of Enchantment. There were only thirteen hot air balloons in this festival, and at 5 am, before most of the balloons were even unfolded, there were virtually no tourists. As teams arrived and mini-airships were filled, the number of visitors grew, but only to a hundred or so -- giving lots of access and easy viewing of the lift-offs.
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Jack Huber has taken tens of thousands of photographs around the country and in his foreign travels.