Back in October, a group of Tamarind students woke at 3AM, climbed into cars and onto bikes, arriving before dawn to Balloon Fiesta Park for the opening weekend of the annual Balloon Fiesta. There, along with thousands of spectators, we witnessed the launch of hundreds of hot air balloons into the twilight sky. Once the rays of the sun reached above the Sandia Mountains to the east, balloons began ascending into the sky in unrelenting waves, for hours upon hours. We wandered under and through balloons as they were unfurled upon the ground, slowly inflated, and finally released into the atmosphere. It was truly a sight to behold– a definite once in a lifetime experience.