The 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta officially starts tomorrow, October 7, 2017. However, Friday's pre-flight up the Rio Grande and over to the west side flew right by our property. The clouds were beautifully backlit as the early morning winds draped them over the Sandias. The Rio Grande is running high from recent rains. While the balloons flew just above the Tamarisk on the sandbar in the middle of the river, none of them tried a "splash-n-dash" that I witnessed — wise not to set their baskets in the fast moving current.