After two completely awful flying days, the sun came out and the sky was a beautiful clear blue. Who could resist a day like that? Not us. Even though there were errands to run and packing to do, we headed to the beach for a couple of hours of kite flying. Of course, the compelling reason was we had some new kites to fly. And you just don’t put off flying new kites.
It was a bit cool on the beach. The thermometer said in the 50s but it felt more like upper 40s. We had added a couple of extra clothing layers so it wasn’t too uncomfortable. The winds started about 6mph and increased to about 14 mph as the day wore on. One of our kite-flying friends was already there taking advantage of the day. Great minds think alike. It was a good afternoon of flying and talking and flying. Yes, I did say afternoon. Our couple of hours turned into the whole afternoon.
The show today consisted of the complete Xelon line by HQ, the EO6 by Prism, a small Eddy train by New Tech, and my own pan flute kite. Our friend had up a delta and a box delta. The three Xelons looked great flying side-by-side. But did I have my camera? Noooooo! When will I ever learn to keep a camera in the car at all times? The Eddy train was stable at lower winds and started to dart around as the wind picked up. Much like a string of fighter kites leased together. It was fun. Our friends box delta went for a wild ride. It pulled up the stake it was tied to and flew into the dunes. Way into the dunes. All 500 ft. of line was unwound from the reel and the reel was dragged another 500 to 750 ft. Luckily it came to earth undamaged. But it was quite a hike through the dune grasses and cactus. We re-anchored it to a sandbag. Stubborn kite still dragged the sandbag about fifteen feet when we weren’t looking. Finally, buried the sandbag and it stayed put.
The weather looks crummy for the next three days so it will probably be the weekend before we fly again. Maybe we can get some “home” stuff done in the meantime.
Fair Winds All.