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Ballooning Over Phoenix: Up, Up and Champagne

At daybreak, floating over the Sonoran Desert at 6,000 feet in a basket is an awesome way to start the day.

Contrasted against the outline of cactus and brown desert are over a dozen giant multicolored balloons being inflated. They slowly rise like other worldly mushrooms whose spoors invaded the planet.


Liftoff is, well, like floating in air. Except for the occasional blast from the propane jet and sounds of primal glee from adults one would think have experienced it all, the world silently drifts away.

The Sonoran Desert is lush despite receiving an average annual rainfall of 10 inches. In the distance is shockingly blue Lake Pleasant formed in the 1920s by damming the Aqua Fria River.

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Floating over the Sonoran Desert is awesome at daybreak