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  1. Looking at signing up for Escapees group at the balloon festival in October 2020. Any past participants have feedback on what it was like and is it worth it?
  2. Balloon Fiesta HOP (Head Out Program) Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 2 - 7, 2020 Option #2 October 7 - 11, 2020 Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Balloons, balloons and more balloons! If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, join the Escapees RV Club HOP for the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Each morning, as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will fill with 600 bright, beautiful hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta, with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park and a launch field the size of 54 football fields (78 acres). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with 886,307 attendees in 2019. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the "box effect" comes into play. The "box effect" is a unique wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path; allowing them to return to the launch field, or even landing next to your RV. The Dawn Patrol lifts off in the dark, with specially-fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The "Zebras," dressed in black and white, are the ones who coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too, and some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee's hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. When visiting any of the balloon pilots, remember to ask them for one of the trading cards, which will explain all the pertinent information about their balloon. This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons – America’s Challenge race, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Past gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and across Canada. You can track their progress on the Fiesta website. At dusk, you can see the Twilight Glow on the launch field. This is when the burners are ignited, filling the balloons with a bouquet of bright colors. Then, the nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. Escapees will have Boondocking, “rally style” parking and a private tent for inclement weather, socials, games and catered meals. There will be a considerable amount of walking, so please bring comfortable walking shoes, as well as binoculars and a camera to capture those once-in-a-lifetime special moments. Early arrival - Options 1 and 3 Due to the popularity of this event, we recommend early arrival for parking at the HOP location for Options 1 and 3 only. Early arrival is September 29, 2020. The cost for early entry is $22.50 per night up to the date of the HOP. While registering for the HOP, please let headquarters know which day you plan to on arrive early. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Three options will be offered for The Balloon Fiesta HOP. Early parking is not available for Option #2 Option 2 sites will not be available for early arrival at the HOP. If you are registered for Option #2 and want to arrive early, you may call the Balloon Fiesta for any additional parking (for any dates outside of the HOP event) and pay the Fiesta directly. You will be parked in the Fiesta camping area, but will need to move your rig to the HOP camping location, with the HOP arrival date and time for the Option #2. Option #1: You may purchase the first five days (arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7), which will include the traditionally-shaped balloons, a special presentation by a Professional Hot Air Balloon Pilot and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Friday, Oct. 2 Options #1 and #3 Arrival Professional Balloon Pilot Presentation Announcements Meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race Inflation Announcements Socials – get together *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Mass Ascension Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social Balloon Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct. 5 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving demonstrations Free afternoon *Farewell catered dinner for the Option #1 Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations – Professional carvers Option #1 - leaves Farewell Option #1. Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #1: October 2 – 7, 2020 Two-person rig: $1110.00 Each additional person in RV $755.00 One-person rig $999.00 Option #2: You may purchase the last five days (arriving the morning of October 7 and leaving on October 11), which will include the traditional shape balloons, the special shape balloons and two balloon launch field entrance tickets per person, plus the activities below. Wed., Oct. 7 Option #2 Arrival Free afternoon Announcements Meet and greet *Welcome catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show and Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon Launch Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Saturday, Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol, Morning Glow Mass Ascension Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading (Group Tour Tent at the north end of Main Street) Music Fiesta (extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational – Professional carvers Announcements and social hour *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow Laser Light Show AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Laser Light Show Farewell Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Q&A End of HOP - Safe travels! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice Includes considerable walking; please wear comfortable walking shoes. *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Prices for Option #2 October 7 – 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1095.00 Each additional person in RV: $745.00 One-person rig: $989.00 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________________________________________________ Option #3: Register for the entire stay of the Balloon Fiesta HOP, which will include four tickets per person, entrance into the balloon launch field, plus the activities below for ten days and nine nights. Friday, Oct. 2 Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Balloon Pilot presentation Announcements - meet and greet *Catered dinner Saturday, Oct. 3 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Opening Ceremonies Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Launch AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 4 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Fiesta of Wheels Car Show Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading *Catered dinner Balloon Glow AfterGlow™ Fireworks Show Monday, Oct.5 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Laser Light Show Balloons launch Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Tuesday, Oct. 6 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Balloons launch Balloon Competition Flying Begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational *Farewell catered dinner Wed., Oct. 7 *Catered breakfast Laser Light Show, Dawn Patrol and Morning Glow Welcome to the Balloon Fiesta HOP! Announcements and social hour *Catered dinner Thursday, Oct. 8 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo Balloon Flying Competition begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Friday, Oct. 9 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol, Laser Light Show Special Shape Rodeo – Balloon launch Competition Flying begins AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sat., Oct. 10 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show, Morning Glow, Laser Light Show Mass Ascension AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Balloon Fiesta Pin Trading Music Fiesta (Extra charge) AIBF Chainsaw Carving Invitational Announcements and social *Farewell catered dinner Night Magic Glow AfterGlow Fireworks Show Sunday, Oct. 11 *Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Farewell Mass Ascension Prices for Option #3: Oct. 2 - 11, 2020 Two-person rig: $1355.00 Each additional person in RV: $855.00 One-person rig: $1245.00 Registration also includes: · Prizes · Your HOP hosts · Souvenir HOP name badge · All gratuities · Locations to visit that are optional. Some past options were Santa Fe, Old Town and the Botanical Gardens. And much more! Rain or shine. Itinerary subject to change without notice *Special dietary requests cannot be accommodated. Payment options: Pay half of the fee upon registration and then make monthly payments. The balance is due 60 days before the event. Ask the HOP department about this payment option. Note: Non-Escapees members are welcome to attend, too. We’d love to have you! There is a $50.00 charge for nonmembers on land HOPs. However, if you join Escapees, the $50.00 will be waived. To join the Escapees RV Club, please call 936-327-8873. To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 936-327-8873 For more information, email registration@escapees.com Confirmation email Once registered, a confirmation notification will be sent via email regarding pertinent information, such as RV Park address, tour dates, times, etc. Please, make sure Escapees has your current email address on file. If you do not receive it, please check your spam files, or email us at: registration@escapees.com. Trip cancellation and interruption Insurance We highly suggest that you protect your investment on this HOP by purchasing trip insurance. If you or a family member has a pre-existing medical condition, you might consider purchasing cancellation insurance. Insurance can also help with covering other unexpected emergencies while on the trip. You can get more information about this insurance, such as pricing and coverage, by calling the Escapees Travel Agency, 855-757-8881, or email them at: eta@escapees.com. This insurance should be purchased within 10 business days of registering for the HOP. HOP Cancellation Policy If an attendee cancels a HOP, • 1 Business Day from Booking: Full Refund · More Than 90 Days to the event: 75% Refund · 30 – 90 Days to the event: 25% Refund · 30 Days or Less to the event: No Refunds See you at the HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director www.escapees.com/hops www.facebook.com/escapeesrvclub then, click on the event page For Cruise HOPs, call: Escapees Travel Agency 855-757-8881 (Toll-Free) Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Drive Livingston, Texas 77351 936-327-8873 www.escapees.com
  3. Balloon Fiesta HOP Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Option #1: October 5 – October 10, 2018 Option #2: October 10 – October 14, 2018 Option #3: October 5 - October 14, 2018 If this world premiere event is on your bucket list, then join SKP friends for the annual Balloon Fiesta HOP. Each morning as dawn breaks over the Sandia Mountains, the skies will be filled with bright, beautiful and palatial hot-air balloons from all over the world. From its beginnings in 1972, the Balloon Fiesta has grown into the largest International Balloon Fiesta with a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park, with the launch field being the size of 78 acres (54 football fields). It is the most photographed hot-air balloon festival in the world, with some events having an excess of 80,000 people in attendance. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the only Balloon Fiesta where the “box effect” comes into play. The “box effect” is a special wind pattern that helps pilots navigate their balloons in a vertical, rectangular path, allowing them to return to the launch field, or even right next to your RV! The Dawn Patrol lifts off first in the early morning hours, with specially fitted lights, to observe weather conditions at different altitudes, such as the wind speed and its direction. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in a mass ascension. The “Zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. One of the most exciting events is the Flight of the Nations Mass Ascension, where balloonists wave their own national flag during the launch. Even though there are always traditionally-shaped balloons, there will be various specialty shapes, too. Some of the most popular are the cow, sun, pig, stagecoach, clock, skunk, the Ladybug and the sweetest mother, daddy and baby bumblebees. The bumblebee’s hands have Velcro, so when they touch in midair, it appears they are holding hands. This Fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - The America's Challange, with the winner being the one that has traveled the farthest. Some of the gas balloons have gone as far as the East Coast and into Canada, and you can track their progress on the Fiesta website. On the launch field, at dusk, you can see the burners of the balloons ignite and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors, as they lift their balloons. The nights will finish with an extraordinary display of fireworks. For more information and pricing on this HOP view: https://www.escapees.com/skp_files/hop/event.php?id=52 To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873
  4. BALLOON FIESTA HOP October 2-11, 2015 Balloons, balloons, and more balloons! Imagine each morning as dawn breaks over the beautiful Sandia Mountains; the skies are filled with bright colors as 600 majestic hot-air balloons, from all over the world, hover overhead. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is considered the most photographed and largest hot-air balloon festival and is the only location in the world where "the box" effect comes into play. The “box” is wind patterns that can help the pilots navigate the balloons in a box effect. It also allows the balloonists to land back on the launch field or right next to your RV. The dawn patrol lifts off first to observe the weather conditions. Upon approval, the balloons lift off in mass ascension. The “zebras,” dressed in black and white, coordinate the launching of the balloons. With 600 balloons in the air, it is truly a spectacular display of color. One of the most exciting ascensions is the Flight of the Nations mass ascension, where balloonists from each nation proudly wave their nation’s flag. The balloon fiesta will consist of the traditional shapes, but the most popular of the balloon launches are the special-shape balloons, which can be seen in all shapes and sizes. The most popular shapes are the cow, pig, clock, Noah’s Ark, stagecoach, and the sweetest mother, daddy, and baby bumblebees. The bumblebees have hands with velcro; when they touch in the air, it appears they are holding hands. This fiesta also hosts the Gas Balloons - America's Challenge race, which is based on the longest distance traveled. Track their progress on the Fiesta website. At dusk on the launch field, see the burners of the balloons when they are ignited and watch the evening sky fill with a bouquet of bright colors. The night will finish with a remarkable display of fireworks. Escapees will have boondock camping, a private tent for inclement weather, games, catered breakfasts and dinners. For the first time, Escapees will offer three options for the Balloon Fiesta HOP. You may purchase option #1; the first five days, arriving October 2 and leaving the morning of October 7, which will include the traditional shape (not the special shape) balloons flying, a special presentation by an experienced hot-air balloon pilot, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, an entrance ticket into the morning and evening session of the balloon launch field, plus the below activities from October 2 – 7, 2015. Subject to change. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 Arrive after 10:00 a.m. Balloon pilot presentation Announcements and social hour Catered dinner SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Opening ceremonies Mass ascension America’s Challenge gas balloon race inflation Announcements and social hour Welcome dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge gas balloon race launch AfterGlow™ fireworks show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Mass ascension Fiesta of Wheels Car Show - balloon launch field Balloon Fiesta pin trading – north end of launch field Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Balloon Glow AfterGlow™ fireworks show MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Flying competition Free day TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Flying competition Free day WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Flight of the Nations mass ascension Leave - option #1 Prices for Option #1 Oct. 2 – 7, 2015 Two-person rig: $895.00 Additional person: $395.00 One-person rig: $595.00 You may purchase option #2, the last five days, arriving the morning of October 7, leaving on October 11, which will include the traditional-shape balloons, the special-shape balloons, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, an entrance ticket into the morning and evening sessions of the balloon launch field, plus the below activities from Oct. 7-11, 2015. Subject to change. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Arrive - option #2 Announcements and social hour Catered dinner THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo™ Flying competition Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo™ AfterGlow™ fireworks show FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo™ Flying competition Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo™ AfterGlow™ fireworks show SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol show Morning Glow Mass ascension Balloon Fiesta pin trading Music Fiesta™ (own your own) Announcements and social hour Farewell catered dinner Night Magic™ Glow AfterGlow™ fireworks show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Continental breakfast Dawn Patrol show Morning Glow Farewell mass ascension Safe travels and SKP hugs Prices for Option #2 Oct. 7 – 11, 2015 Two-person rig: $875.00 Additional person: $375.00 One-person rig: $575.00 Or, you can purchase option #3, the entire stay at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, one entrance into the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, two morning and two evening entrance tickets to the balloon launch field, plus the below activities for nine nights, ten days. Subject to change. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2 Arrive after 10:00 a.m. Balloon pilot presentation Announcements and social hour Catered dinner SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Opening ceremonies Mass ascension America’s Challenge gas balloon race inflation Announcements and social hour Welcome dinner Twilight Twinkle Glow™ America’s Challenge gas balloon race launch AfterGlow™ fireworks show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Mass ascension Fiesta of Wheels Car Show - Balloon launch field Balloon Fiesta pin trading – north end of launch field Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Balloon Glow AfterGlow™ fireworks show MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Flying competition Free day TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Flying competition Free day WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Flight of the Nations mass ascension Announcements and social hour Catered dinner THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo™ Flying competition Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo™ AfterGlow™ fireworks show FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Special Shape Rodeo™ Flying competition Announcements and social hour Catered dinner Special Shape Glowdeo™ AfterGlow™ fireworks show SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 Catered breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Mass ascension Balloon Fiesta pin trading Music Fiesta™ (own your own) Announcements and social hour Farewell catered dinner Night Magic™ Glow AfterGlow™ fireworks show SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 Continental breakfast Dawn Patrol Show Morning Glow Farewell mass ascension Safe travels and SKP hugs Minimum registration must be met for each HOP event; otherwise, the event will be subject to cancellation. Full refunds would be given. Prices for Option #3 – Oct. 2 – 11, 2015 Two-person rig: $1,300. 00 Additional person: $570.00 One-person rig: $975.00 There will be a considerable amount of walking; please bring comfortable walking shoes, binoculars, and a camera for the beautiful shots of the balloons hovering overhead. Registration includes: RV parking at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Catered breakfasts Catered dinners Entrance into the Balloon Fiesta Museum Private party tent with tables and chairs for inclement weather and games Access to the flying competitions Option #1 and #2 only – 2 Balloon Fiesta field entrance tickets per person Option # 3 only – 1 water fill and 1 dump Option # 3 only – 4 Balloon Fiesta field entrance tickets per person Games and prizes Your HOP hosts Souvenir HOP lanyard and name tag Gratuities and much more To register for this HOP, contact: The HOP Department 888-757-2582 or 936-327-8873 For more information see: http://www.escapees.com/HOP/balloonfiesta.aspx I know you will have a wonderful time on this HOP! Lisa Koca HOP Director Escapees RV Club 100 Rainbow Dr. Livingston, Texas 77351 888-757-2582 Email: headout@escapees.com Website: www.escapees.com/hop Facebook: www.facebook.com/escapeeshops
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