Road Trip out West…continues.

Road Trip out West…continues..

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Road Trip out West…continues.

Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise          SEDONA, ARIZONA   JULY 2013

So close, you can almost touch heaven!

A truly magical feeling of soaring gently with the wind experiencing  “AHA moments”

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Sedona’s natural wonders and many wildlife sightings completely delighted us.   For the first time, I experienced the splendor of gliding over Mother Nature’s own beautiful and breathtaking panoramic Red Rock country.

The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is part of a class of aircraft known as ‘balloon aircraft’. The first untethered manned flight was on November 21, 1783, in Annonay, France.   Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind.

The balloon is a big parachute and is attached to a wicker basket.  There is an opening at the bottom.  Into that opening the burner shoots very hot air, as the hot air rises the balloon fills and lifts off the ground. However, the burner has to keep heating the air in the balloon or it will cool and fall (slowly) to ground.

Hot Air ballooning     Sedona AZ

To carry paying passengers  a pilot must have his or her commercial pilot certificate. (This gave me a bit more comfort.)

Overall, a spectacular experience.  I highly recommend everyone to put this on there bucket list.  If the opportunity arises of course.

SUCCESSfUL FLIGHT

A very successful trip

*** 19 Firefighters lost their life in a battle with the Yarnell Hill Wildfires ***

The deadliest wildfire in the last 30 years involving firefighters started after a lightning strike on Friday, June 28th. The fire spread to at least 2,000 acres by Sunday, June 30th as a result of triple-digit temperatures, low humidity and very windy conditions.  Over 200 hundred brave firefighters battled the blaze and heat.

Yarnell & Glen Isla is located about 85 miles Northwest of Phoenix, Arizona, and very close to Sedona (where I vacationed this past week).

The deaths of the Granite Mountain Hotshots marked the nation’s biggest loss of firefighters in a wildfire in 80 years. Only one member of the 20-person crew survived, and that was because he was moving the unit’s truck at the time.
Arizona’s governor called it “as dark a day as I can remember” and ordered flags flown at half-staff.

[The Granite mountain Hotshots established in 2002, were an elite ground firefighting crew known for their innovative problem-solving and history of safe, aggressive fire suppression. Members of the crew were highly trained, came from diverse backgrounds, and worked long hours in extreme environmental conditions doing the most demanding of fireline tasks.

They carried 50-70 pounds on their back, hiked seven miles or more to where they needed to work, and worked up to 14 hours, sometimes longer. The average age of the men in the hotshot crew was 22-years-old.

“They have to be ready to leave for an assignment on two hours’ notice, which sometimes means missing family events,”Wade Ward of the Prescott FD said last week. “They have to be prepared to be on that assignment for 21 days, get two days rest at home, and possibly be sent out on another 21-day assignment.” ]                        -taken from the ‘Stand with Arizona’ website  http://standwitharizona.com/blog/2013/06/30/who-they-were-the-granite-mountain-hotshots-19-brave-souls-who-perished-in-arizona-fire/

I am in awe of the courageous acts demonstrated by the men and women that fight our Nations fires. 

As of Friday, July 12th, the wildfire was 90% contained.ImageImage

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.                                                                                                                         John: 13-13

The Beauty of Arizona awaits…

Time to start planning my adventure to Sedona and the Grand Canyon that is just a short 2 weeks away.

A little R & R in beautiful Sedona followed by a hike in the Grand Canyon, a short road trip to Dallas…then a flight home.

The beauty awaits. I have an empty journal and a empty SIM card!

I always dream of my trips to Europe, but I have to say, even though It doesn’t have the architecture that I have come to love, I will have God’s beauty to inspire me!

The photos attached are;
(Taken from Pinterest)
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1). The Seven Sacred Pools, Sedona.
2). Oak Creek Trail, Sedona.
3). Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona.
4). The breathtaking Grand Canyon.

It’s been several years since I have been to this area and have wanted to revisit, and now…it is in only 2 weeks.

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