Let’s Go Back In Time

On this past Labor Day the Mile High Kite Festival was held on Beech Mountain, NC.  This is a festival we never miss.  First, because we get to see some kite friends that we don’t see more than once or twice a year and, second, because we get to the mountains for the long weekend.  (And get away from the mad tourist surge at the beach.)  This year was a very unusual kite fly.  There was wind.  At times, too much wind.  The sun shone the whole weekend and the temperature was perfect.  However, the wind was gusting into the twenties.  Because we fly on the side of a steep hill at the top of the mountain, kites are seldom anchored and left to fly on their own.  This was a good thing as no kites were lost to the extreme gusts.  The banners that were put out to decorate the flying field took a beating.  And some of the vendors tents as well.

This year I flew more kites and took less pictures.  Probably a result of having wind.  I got my two latest kite builds in the air; the 3do and the Stretch Tucker parafoil.  Both of these were online workshops as the in-person workshops were canceled this year.  The parafoil flew like a champ.  The 3do needs some extra tweeking.  Not unusual for a new build.  I didn’t realize it until just now that both of my latest applique designs were Oriental themed.  Other kites made it out of the bag off and on all weekend.  That’s a lot for me to fly on the mountain.  Unfortunately, there was no kite builders competition this year.  Maybe because I was the only kite builder to bring something.  So, by default, I awarded myself “Best In Show”.











After sitting home for a year because of the pandemic, walking up and down the hill was quite strenuous.  You never realize the effect of inactivity until you’re inactive for a period of time and then try to pick up where you left off.  We stay an extra day after the festival to sight see a little, maybe fly our kites a little and avoid the holiday traffic.  This year we mostly napped.  We did find a new coffee shop which also had great pastries.  I can only hope they stay open and are there next year.

That’s about it for now.  Stay tuned for more updates and latest kite flying news.

Fair Winds All.

Please Forgive Me

I has been over a year since I’ve told any tales about our kite flying.  There are various reasons – the pandemic kept us closer to home, the weather didn’t cooperate, had other things to keep me occupied and I was just too lazy to sit done and write.  So I’m going to try and pick it up again.  Especially as the kiting activities have started up after over a year of cancellations.

Now where to start…

I will start with one of the more exciting things.  At least, more exciting to me.  I have added some kites to my collections of White Bird dragon kites.  A kite club in another state was having their annual fund raising kite auction.  There were a number of White Bird kites up for auction as the club had been gifted with a departed kite flyer’s collection.  A friend of mine agreed to be my proxy at the auction.  After much time on the computer, I became the proud owner of four White Bird dragons.

When the box arrived, my living room became overrun with nylon.  All were signed and dated.  The Harlequin is a 150 foot dragon from 1994.  The Rainbow is a 150 foot dragon from 1995.  The Sun King is a 55 foot dragon dated 1988.  And the Cloud Dragon is a 55 foot dragon dated 2001.  After a few weeks, I did have a day with enough wind to gt them in the air.  And some day I hope to be able to fly all four of my 150′ dragons at once.  My ultimate dream is to fly all my White Bird dragons at the same time.  But looking through my kite bag, I do not have enough lines or sand bags to accomplish that feat.  It’s an embarrassment of riches.

That’s all for now.  I hope to be able to do more catching up in the next few days and have more kiting adventures to write about.

Fair Winds All.