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After missing the New Year’s Day kite fly on the beach, we made it out this past weekend for our first kite fly of 2019.  The day was sunny, relatively warm with light to moderate winds.  The regular kite flyers were there and a couple of our out-of-town flyers had come down for an extended holiday.  There were so many kites in the air you would have thought it was a festival.

I spent most of the time photographing the kites and catching up on what flying I had missed over the New Year’s holiday.  They all told me it was the best fly ever.  I hated to miss it but I must admit grandchildren rate higher than kite flying.  And we had a great visit (and second Christmas) with ours.

The highlight of the fly was a group flight of the Randy Tom warrior princesses.  Several of us have purchased Randy’s kites over the years and we just happened to have them in our kite bags.  I am happy to say I have two of the warrior princess kites and both of them were in the air on this day.

Before leaving I brought out my Rainbow Revolution quad line kite.  It’s a special kite I got from a friend and don’t fly it very often.  Because I was flying it, there was no one to get a photo.  I guess I’ll just have to work out a remote camera arrangement.  Though I’d rather carry extra kites than extra camera equipment.

It was a grand day and we stayed longer than usual, enjoying the sunshine.  Here’s to hoping that it is a sign of more grand days to come.

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Fair Winds All

 

The Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone.  This year we did have the time to go to the beach and fly some kites.  Unfortunately, the wind was high and coming from the mainland, passing over homes and condos before reaching the beach.  The result was gusty, “squirrelly” winds.  Not very conducive to dong much flying.  Sometimes it seems we just can’t get a break and have a good flying day.

Did my best to fly a White Bird dragon kite.  Usually one I can depend on in higher winds.  This day, however, I spent most of the time picking it off the sand and relaunching.

What made this day special was the inaugural flight of the Peter Lynn Manta Ray, a recent purchase by some good friends.  It was not the best day to attempt flight but, as most of you may know, when you get something new you just have to put it in the air.  It is really an impressive kite with its black and white pattern and its blue eyes.

We missed the Sunday community kite fly.  It was a little chilly and the grandchildren were visiting.  It was a joy to have them with us and we did visit Fort Macon with them.  From there we saw the kites in the sky.  And a pretty impressive show it was with quite a few Randy Tom art kites in the air.  Hopefully next weekend will be a better weekend and we can put some kites in the sky ourselves.

Fair Winds All.

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