We went to the hot air balloon fiesta 3 different years along with a side trip to Taos, New Mexico. The Albuequerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has to be on everyone's list of places to go see.
Over 1000 hot air balloons ascend to the heavens in a little over 2 hours. All types and shapes. The Special Shape Rodeo that they have is spectacular.
Enjoy the book, it doesn't do the real thing any justice!