Keetoowah elder, 85, takes to sky at Tahlequah

Taqhlequah, Oklahoma (AP) 8-09

Keetoowah tribal elder Ann Gourd has now visited the sky she had only viewed from the ground before.

Gourd, 85, and her granddaughter, Rozlyn Locust, took to the air Aug. 15 in a hot-air balloon at the Illinois River BalloonChase Challenge. She had never flown in an airplane, so the 15-minute flight was a first.

“This is an early birthday gift for my mom; she’s ... a cancer survivor,” daughter Billie Vance said.

Afterward, Gourd admitted to some concerns. “I was just scared,” she said.

 

 

 

 

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