Just like the Carolina Kite Festival this past weekend, the winds were high for the weekly community kite fly. But I did get to fly my new Peter Lynn Kite Show during the week.
And The Wind Blows Again
This past weekend was the 31st Carolina Kite Festival at the Sands Villa Resort in Atlantic Beach, NC. We had no idea how this one would be attended as Hurricane Florence hit us hard and many people are out of work and out of their homes. Also, many of the hotels and condo units were damaged which made accommodations in the area harder to find. But it didn't deter most of our regular out-of-town flyers.
The 31st Carolina Kite Festival
Fort Macon State Park is open. Although the fort itself is closed because of damage from Hurricane Florence. The early report concerning the weekly community kite fly was encouraging but we couldn't verify the information because we weren't there.
Missing A Good Day
After spending the week cleaning and removing debris, I was looking forward to a community kite fly as a means to get away from it all. Unfortunately, Fort Macon State Park is closed. For how long, we have no idea. They are doing damage assessment and repair and have to see how much beach remains after the storm.
After The Storm
The community kite fly day has come and gone. An unwanted guest showed up and caused a cancellation. The guest's name -- FLORENCE. Hurricane Florence brought two days of high winds and three days of rain. And evacuations and curfews which kept us from the beach.
All I Wanted To Do Was Fly
Things in life distracted me and I hadn't realized that it has been two years since I wrote anything. To those who were following me, I sincerely apologize. The good news is we haven't stopped flying our kites.
I Hadn't Realized
Extreme heat calls for extra care and that is why we are taking the Cool Cabana with us to the beach each time we fly. All it takes is one day of over-exposure to the heat to make us come to this conclusion. And it seems the heat chases away the wind. But being stubborn, we got some kites in the sky
The Cool Cabana and No Wind
We celebrated Independence Day with a kite club fly of red/white/blue kites. There was a large variety of kites in the sky which made quite a show for people on the beach and people touring Fort Macon.
A Hot Independence Day Weekend
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
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
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
The NC State Parks System turned 100 years old this year. Fort Macon State Park, our local kite flying field, had a huge celebration by re-creating the Siege of Fort Macon. The re-enactors were everywhere, including where we usually fly. They enjoyed watching us fly kites and we appreciated the work they put into the re-enactment. It made for a special weekend for all.
We've Been Invaded
The Carolina Kite Club was asked to put some color in the sky for the Earth Day Celebration at Fort Macon State Park. Unfortunately, strong winds made it unwise and unsafe to fly kites on the beach that day. Although some did try.
The Earth Day Celebration