Back On The Lines

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 012014

People said they are getting spam e-mails from me yesterday. It wasn’t from me, though it had my name on it. Look at the e-mail address and you will see it’s not mine. I NEVER send anything with attached unsolicited links except to maybe two or three people, and if you’re one of them, you know who you are.

Sport kite fliers know that when it comes to learning how to fly any dual or quad line kite, there is no substitute for times on the lines, which means basically getting out and flying. You can watch any of the million online videos and read a gazillion articles, but none of it is a substitute for actually getting a kite in the air, crashing, and getting it up there again. Eventually (or so experienced fliers tell me), you start to get the hang of it.

With that in mind, yesterday we went back to Sam Lewis State Park in York for John Barresi’s kite flying clinic. There were probably a dozen fliers there, and I was by far the least experienced, and a newcomer as well, but I have found that kite fliers are just as friendly and outgoing as RVers and they all made us feel welcome.

Kites on ground

Here is John making it look easy, but trust me, it’s not! This one is actually an indoor kite. Yes, they fly kites indoors! I didn’t believe it until I saw it myself last year at the kite festival in Long Beach, Washington.

John Barresi flying

The wind was pretty flakey, strong sometimes and then it would die off to nothing and come back up. But that didn’t stop John from getting a few of the fliers organized and flying in formation. I’m a long way from ever being that good.

Formation Flying

Team Flying

About 3:30 we decided to pack it in and head home and it was good timing on our part. It started to rain as we were getting into the car and poured most of the way back across town.

We were hungry and since we like to check out the local restaurants where we are traveling, we stopped at the Lyndon Diner in York. It’s a classic diner with classic diner food, all of it delicious and served in huge portions.

Lyndon Diner

Terry ordered the spinach pie and could not begin to eat it all. They also had huge slices of pie and cheesecake, as well as other desserts, but there was no way we had any room for any of them, darn it. Sad smile

Spinach pie

Congratulations to George Osborne, this week’s winner of an audiobook of The Package: Book One by Cleve Sylcox. We had 114 entries in this week’s drawing. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon!

And finally, we have sad news out of Bowling Green, Kentucky this weekend. The RV Daily Report said that David Garvin, 71, the founder of Camping World, died Saturday morning after an accidental fall from the roof of his home. Garvin started the nationwide camping supply store at age 23 as a mail order business and was a true success story.

Thought For The Day – The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly; the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

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  3 Responses to “Back On The Lines”

  1. I recognize a couple is those kites. You were flying with some good folks, Nick.

  2. It really looks like fun. Why don’t you do a seminar about kites at the Escapade?

  3. I don’t set the seminar schedule, Jan. But it would be fun.

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