Fly away to a party in the clouds.  A hot air balloon ride fills the dawn pierced sky with its glowing flame. And another, another, still more others. They total 700 colorful and magical, some have faces, some words.  In a collective wave they set off, baskets creaking and smiles all around.  Ending the day with a celebration and food and pretty lights with fireworks and applause. A spectacular event, Albuquerque’s 42nd annual International Balloon Fiesta, captured by Roadtrippers Joel Schat.

Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.