When being removed from your comfort flying zone you might get new experiences that you couldn't imagine or predict. This blog entry is also a vacation post card from the medieval city (in the sense that ruins and buildings from that time still exist) of Visby ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visby ) in the island of Gotland ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotland ) in the Baltic Sea as well as an example of how flying during new and non-ideal conditions turned out to be educational, fun and very
Support your LKS
I started reading the kite forums with some intensity over four years ago. I had used computers for many years even back before the days of the WWW. It has been quite awhile since I’ve seen that initialism used in any context. I had previously been on a few forums of interest but I was really fired up wanting to learn anything kites. I saw mention of an initialism LKS, Local Kite Store. Out here in the mountains of western Virginia there was no such thing. Maybe
Today was hot, 118 F with 5-7 mph gusts.
Phone survived 10 minutes of recording.
First solo session with this Rev.
This whole week will be 115F.
Wear wet clothing if you fly in these conditions.
Kite: 2002 Rev 1.5M standard vent (Aqua, Raspberry, Blue, Mylar, Black, White) http://bit.ly/28Iw5ae
Because the holiday weekends on the beach are the ultimate crazy, we don't plan on flying much. This Memorial Day tropical storm Bonnie threw in an additional curve in everyone's plans. However, there still was an indoor kiting program to present during the holiday which kept kiting on our minds. A short fly was in order after the crowds left.
Memorial Day 2016
Progress has been slow.
Flying from the center panel has been my main focus for the past couple of weeks.
Line equalization prior to each flight is now a must.
110+ F days for the next 4 months.
The next step is learning some fundamental drills.
(video has been removed due to a copywrite claim on the music, here is a version with no music)
There wasn't much flying going on the past week. Mostly because the weather wasn't cooperating. Sheer stubbornness had a couple of kites in the air. That and the chance to spend some time with the grandchildren. As you can see, we're starting them out very young.
Another Dreary Weekend
I tried everything you have mentioned in the earlier post, John. I really appreciate your advice and have been flying every day there is wind. I am putting together a video to display the small progress I have made. In the mean time enjoy this catch and throw from today.
It has been a little over 3 months since my last entry. Wow! Time flies doesn't it! Work was booooming and I was taking advantage of all the extra shift hours available. However. I miss spending time with the things that make me happy. The important things. My growing family. My friends. My kites.
My son, our middle child, just turned 8. Growing into a fine young boy. Around 2 years ago, when he was 6 and this still blows me away, said "he wanted a kite just like mine but different"
It's raining on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and it looks like it will be a while before I get to do some flying. So I just have to think about the last couple of times and enjoy the memories.
Reflecting On Kites While Watching It Rain
The Mile of Hope is a weekend away for families who have a child who has cancer. The children get to spend time on the beach, playing in the sand and flying kites. The Carolian Kite Club members put on a show of kites in the air and help solve any kite flying problems that may occur.
The Annual Mile of Hope Kite Fly
It was close to a perfect day for flying kites. Lower winds, warm temperatures and sunshine (at least for a while). And a chance to fly some new single line kites and try out the Reflex.
It's A Beautiful Morning