Remembering 9/11.



Reflecting this morning on my long commute to work.  the radio station played a 22 minute clip of the newscast that morning.  The hair was raised on my arms.

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing.  I happened to watch the entire tragedy on TV as it was happening.

I remember the hours, days and weeks that followed and how proud I was to be part of this great country.  

I also remember how brave the men and women were that came to the aid of those victims; the policemen, firefighters, our military men and women and even the residents of New York, that opened their homes to strangers.

I will remember all of the souls that lost their lives that day, I will remember their wives, husbands, children and even those children that will never get to know their parent, because their life was cut short.

I remember and will always be thankful for our service men and women, who put their lives on the line, each and every day so we can live and be free in this great nation that we call the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.


                                       GOD BLESS AMERICA.  HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE.


Today is a Great day to Learn Something New ;*)

Today is a Great day to Learn Something New ;*).

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”

ballooning in Sedona  F

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.


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

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