Yesterday was the last day of the kite festival, and a little after noon we went to town and walked out on the beach to get one last look at all of the fun.
There were a lot of kites flying, though not as many as on previous days, since it was Sunday and a lot of folks needed to get back home and get ready to go back to work today. There were several of these giant circle kites, which were at least 30 feet tall.
Could this be a Bad Nick kite? Do you see a family resemblance?
Though things were winding down, it was probably the best day for us. From the first time we saw teams flying them in precision groups, or individuals dancing across the sky with them in time to music, Terry and I were both impressed with the Revolution kites.
They are truly multi-directional in the hands of a skilled flier, able to fly forward, backward, sideways, and even stopping on a dime to hover nearly motionless in mid-air. Once the kite is in the air, all it takes are small movements of the wrists to make it change directions, turn, or hover.
These are quad line kites, which means that the flier controls the kite with two handles, and each handle has two separate lines.
We have found that most serious kite people are eager to share their hobby. I started talking to a wonderful lady named Colleen Baker, who came all the way to the Washington coast from Wisconsin for the kite festival, and she asked if I wanted to try flying her Revolution. It took me about a nanosecond to say yes!
Colleen stood behind me and in no time at all I was able launch the kite and make a few basic maneuvers. Of course I crashed it a lot, but Colleen said that’s all a part of the learning process.
After I had my chance, Colleen invited Terry to give it a try, and as she does in almost everything, after a quick training session and some pointers from Colleen, she quickly left me in the dust!
If you can see the smile on her face in this picture, you know she’s hooked, too!
Thanks for giving us so much of your time and teaching us so much, Colleen!
I was surprised by how many RVers have told me they’re also into kite flying since I’ve been writing about the kite festival in the blog this past week. In fact, a lot of them follow the circuit of kite festivals, just as there are RVing bluegrass music fans, RVing square dancers, and racing fans who follow their own circuits.
But it makes sense; you can fly just about anywhere you can find an open field, playground, or beach; compared to a lot of hobbies, it costs a lot less to get into; and once you do, there are no green fees to pay, no gasoline to buy, and no special licenses or permits required. And unless you get it hung up in a tree or something, a good quality kite will last years with just minimal care. And spending an hour or two flying a sport kite or a power foil is a heck of a workout! Try it, you might like it.
Thought For The Day – I just rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain!