Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here on the Oregon coast, with temperatures in the mid 70s, lots of blue sky, and a steady wind blowing off the ocean. In short, a perfect day for kite flying!
Terry Rowley, a member of the Kite Life forum, contacted me Friday night to say that he was coming to Newport yesterday and invited us to meet him on the beach to go flying. I told him that even though I have had my Revolution 1.5 SLE kite for two years I have very little flying time with it, and Miss Terry had flown hers for the first time on Thursday. He said he’d give us a couple of tips. That was the understatement of the year!
To be honest, I was about to forget Revs and stick to my dual line speed foil because all I could do was launch it and then crash. Within minutes Terry has us launching and landing with ease, then taught us to hover. He spent about three hours with us and by the time we had to leave he had us making turns and hovering right and left, and even landing upside down a time or two!
I kept telling Terry it wasn’t fair that he had driven all the way to the coast and the only flying he was doing was to demonstrate a maneuver for us. And every time, he assured me he was having a great time. By the time we had to leave, we were both enthused all over again, and can’t wait to get back out on the beach to practice our new skills. Thanks again, Terry, you are the best!
When we left the beach we met Tom and Barbara Westerfield, Nancy Kissack, and Dan and Patty Chance at Kam Meng Chinese Restaurant for a final meal together this trip. Tom and Barb are headed further south along the coast today and we look forward to seeing them again somewhere in our travels. As always, dinner was excellent and the company and conversation was great.
Back at home I had a lot of e-mail to catch up on and by the time I was finished with that, there was just enough time to download the pictures I had taken at the beach and write the blog. We were tired and sunburned but thrilled with how much we had learned and how much fun our day had been.
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Thought For The Day – If we concentrated on the really important stuff in life, there would be a shortage of fishing poles.