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Silent running – watch dawn break across a cactus-speckled Arizona horizon

Silent running – watch dawn break across a cactus-speckled Arizona horizon

Lynne Kelleher at the Grand Canyon

Lynne Kelleher at the Grand Canyon

The Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon

The Colorado River runs through the Grand Canyon

95-year-old barber Angel Delgadillo inspired the animated movie, Cars

95-year-old barber Angel Delgadillo inspired the animated movie, Cars

Historic train station in Flagstaff along Route 66

Historic train station in Flagstaff along Route 66

The Colorado river runs through the Grand Canyon

The Colorado river runs through the Grand Canyon

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Silent running – watch dawn break across a cactus-speckled Arizona horizon

‘We’re just about 6,600ft up,” announces our balloon pilot. John, after what seems like dozens of tugs on the valve releasing the propane gas that is sending us skywards.

Minutes earlier, 12 of us had clambered into a metal-framed, wicker gondola before it lifted up and away with four other striped Rainbow Ryders hot air balloons (rainbowryders.com) to watch dawn break across a cactus-speckled horizon.


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