A Ginormous Flying Boot in Albuquerque

Y’all, last year a ginormous (like, H U G E) Hunter Boot balloon was spotted flying around Albuquerque.

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I’m clearly taking a trip down memory lane (aka catching up from last year just days before this year’s balloon fiesta), because I just came across this set of photos again, and they’re blowing my mind.

There are a couple other giant balloons (Airabella, the cow, the Wells Fargo stage coach, and Christ the Redeemer; yes—a giant Jesus in the sky—spring to mind), but at 120+ feet tall, this was easily one of the biggest balloons I’ve ever seen.

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Its footprint (ha) was at least the length of three homes, and simply left me speechless…except for saying, “WOW” probably 185 times.

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I’m so glad we followed the “welly” around, so I could see just how big it was in real life.

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We turned a corner and saw the pilot searching for a spot to land. So we pulled over and joined the ever-growing crowd.

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I’m all for helping balloons down, but this one was just too big for me; I let its chase crews help as we stood back and watched.

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The chase crew for this balloon actually insisted that they didn’t have extra help. I’m guessing because it’s a corporate balloon. Whatever the reason, we tried to keep the kids at a distance…

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Julia just couldn’t resist.

I don’t think it’ll be at this year’s fiesta, so I had to share this so you could catch a glimpse of a giant floating boot, too!

Directly after this this adventure we moved on to our next balloon of the day, which had a big story all on its own!

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