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Still Here...

RobB

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Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I have posted anything here. I have been consumed by work & life over the last few months, without much if any time to get the kites out. Not a huge deal, as this is the off-season for kite flying where I live (at least in my book.).

I have had a few brief moments to get out and fly on the way home from work. Quick, half hour sessions do a stressed mind a world of good. Recently, a friend of ours in the kiting community passed away (BobbyB) and I took a little time at the end of my day to fly one of his kites and think about things. Just a picture perfect day with lab-grade winds... couldn't ask for anything more, other than having not heard of the passing of a friend earlier in the day. Anyway, here's Bobby's kite basking in the late day sun...

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Most of my free time is spent keeping the 3 kids busy, enjoying summertime activities. We recently took a day trip out to Montauk, and I brought the KAP backpack, hoping to get some shots of the cliffs & the lighthouse. Unfortunately, the wind was low & iffy, so I was lucky to get the kite alone in the air for a little while...

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The girls are at the age that they enjoy the SLKs still...

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We took turns flying the Ultrafoil 15...

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We took a long weekend trip up to Vermont a couple weeks ago. Vermont ? Sounds like a terrible place to fly a kite, right ?

You just have to have the right kinda kite ! The Plutz3 was awesome in the lack of wind in the mountains & woods. I flew that Plutz in one weekend more than I had ever flown it. The girls also learned how to fly a glider & had a great time !

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Yes, I fly gliders with a wand. That's how I learned & don't really get how people fly them on a loose line without tripping over it & getting all knotted up...

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So, hopefully there will be a lot more flying to report next time, as Kite Season will be officially underway around here in about 10 days. Looking forward to that LBI kite festival, too, this year will be the 3rd Annual.

 



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I'm sorry for the loss, but can't help thinking of those kites you seem to have gotten access to I must confess. A new kite can often lead you to discover new aspects. What can a bunch of new kites do then? If you gain any insight from this or is taken into a new direction I'd like to hear about that. Also great that you can involve your kids while kiting. I haven't had any luck doing this lately.

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Bobby was a friend to many of us, he was a frequent chat-head on the GWTW forum. I got a lot of great advice from him, swapped flying stories, and he remembered the compliments that I gave him on the WidowMaker Spider. He contacted me out of the blue, years later, and asked me if I wanted it. 

The kids enjoy flying, but I don't push them on it. I let them ask, and it seems that if one is flying, the other two will want to join in. I kind of let the kites sell themselves...

 

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