What Happens When you get up at Darktime

Getting up when the skies are still dark is not my preference, and something I will only do for very good reasons. This week, I’ve had a good reason two days in a row – which required sleeping until 9:00 a.m. on the third day.

The first of those two days, arising early was necessary to catch an early morning flight to visit a friend who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I flew into Albuquerque where she picked me up. The trip was divided into two stages – the first was a layover in San Francisco, where we arrived in coordination with dawn.

Then on to ABQ, where my friend picked me up, checked us into the motel, and took me on a tour of parts of the city. First, a little park with a large pond, and lots of waterfowl.

This guy really intrigued me.

Then on to Old Town, where we toured an art gallery and discovered an artist whose works we fell in love with. It was really interesting how we saw different things in his works.

Dinner at a little restaurant off a side street where we thoroughly enjoyed a beet feta burger with fries and for me, a glass of wine.

The next morning was once again an early rise so we could attend the Albuquerque balloon fiesta, something I’ve always thought I would love to do. It was a lucky coincidence that the timing of this trip coincided with this year’s fiesta. There was a little too much of a breeze for the balloons to actually lift off, but they inflated and we got to see them up close and personal. Following is a small sampling of what we saw. It was Special Shapes Balloon day.

This last one is to prove I was there, standing in front of a balloon as it was being inflated.

On home to Santa Fe then after a stop at Cracker Barrel for breakfast and at Costco for necessities, with muscles that hadn’t been used enough in a long time letting me know they exist. I wish I’d worn my Fitbit because it would have applauded me.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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17 Responses to What Happens When you get up at Darktime

  1. Jim says:

    great pics! 🙂

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  2. Ally Bean says:

    Beautiful photos. I’m glad you’re having a good time. So fun to get away to somewhere cool.

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  3. puppy1952 says:

    What a lovely trip – the balloons are stunning,

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    • dawnkinster says:

      That’s so wonderful! I love all the pictures, have always wanted to see it. I’m happy you got to go. I have only been to Albuquerque once, and would love to go again. Hope you get to see lots of beautiful stuff out there!

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  4. loisajay says:

    The photos are great but I really like the wrap you’re wearing!

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  5. dawnkinster says:

    PS: The art looks kind of like the rock walls of a canyon out there. Love it!

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  6. Love that part of New Mexico, and the balloon festival is on my bucket list. I lived several hours from Albuquerque for many years and never got there for those festivities.

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  7. It was FUN to live vicariously through your photos for a few moments!

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  8. Laura says:

    Wow, that is an action packed trip! It’s hard getting up before the sun – especially two days in a row – but these photos look like it was well worth it. 🙂

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  9. Lisa says:

    What as awesome trip! I love that painting. It looks like it was inspired by the red rocks around Sedona. We used to have balloonfests here before it moved to warmer climates. The night glow is beautiful. I’m thrilled you got the opportunity to go and play in sunny NM. xoxo

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  10. leendadll says:

    I love the bumblebees and the fish!! It’s too bad the balloons weren’t able to lift off.. but I kinda like the look of them jostling for space! You’re so lucky to have been able to attend!!
    So… what do you see in that artwork??
    Are you still in NM??

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    • Carol says:

      What I see in the artwork? Many things, depending on the piece. In this one, I see s dolphin swimming into the depths of the sea. I fly out tomorrow. We’ve gone a number of places so another post or two will follow as soon as I get into that mode.

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  11. Helen says:

    Great pictures. Well worth getting up at Darktime.

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  12. leendadll says:

    I see wood and silk/ocean/sky.
    Have a safe trip home!

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