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Hot Air Ballooning over the Rio Grande Gorge
Taos, New Mexico


The Rio Grande starts in southern colorado, winds through New Mexico, and then forms the boarder between Texas and Mexico. The gorge, just west of Taos, NM is neaerly 800 feet deep. It is a popular area for rafting, taking dips in the "clothing optional" hot springs, and of course hot air ballooning.

The small bridge over the river in the image is the John Dunn Bridge, named after an interesting character in New Mexico's history. He apparently was a fugative from Texas who bought the bridge in the 1890s with money made from gambling. It had to be rebuilt a couple of times due to flooding, but Dunn made a considrable profit on the bridge by charging $1.00 to cross (for a profit of up to $250 a day). He also had built a hotel at the site (which is no longer standing) and operated a stage coach business through this area. An interesting story about him can be found here.

The closer balloon in the bottom of the image is the other balloon in my previous posts that we went up with. The balloon in the distance took off from another area near by. Photo was difficult due to movement and the bright sun (and dark shadows), so suggestions will be welcome.

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