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New Mexico Balloon Fiesta with The Wayfaring Band

My company The Wayfaring Band offers road trips and social programs for young adults who experience special needs and emerging thought leaders. Our mission is to use travel as a means to equip all our members with the social tools to impact the global community. This past week, we had a fabulous opportunity to put our ideals into practice as we embarked on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling over 1,500 miles from Denver to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, Chimayo, and Madrid, New Mexico.


On Sunday, October 6th, the band boarded a big blue and white school bus and rambled south on I-25 toward the Land of Enchantment. We were joined by 12 young adults experiencing special needs as diverse as autism, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, and developmental delays. Some members of our group communicated verbally, and some did not, and all members experienced varying degrees of mobility. We also welcomed 2 thought leaders, 1 artist-in-residence, 4 tour managers, and our beloved bus driver Mike for a total of 20 band members. It was The Wayfaring Band’s first out-of-state tour, and we had a boundary-breaking itinerary in place that included site-specific activities during the day and a thought leadership curriculum for some of our members during the evenings. We climbed higher, traveled further, and banded together to achieve astonishing milestones, including visitations with alien beings, sifting holy dirt with our hands, blues dancing at a biker bar, and soaring in a hot air balloon. Get the full scoop by visiting our Wayfaring website!

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