Kite Up, Nick Down

 Posted by at 12:16 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 032015

Do you remember a while back when I wrote that this campground was a circus, with RVs coming and going in every direction? Well, I think they added a third ring for the holiday weekend. I don’t think you could shoehorn a roller skate in here at this point, but I still see rigs lined up at check in.

Knowing how crazy the whole town will be, we decided to get a few last errands run yesterday and then to hunker down at home as much as possible. So in the early afternoon we drove into Florence and visited a couple of antique shops we had missed before. Terry wanted to check out a kitchen store in Old Town, a two or three block long stretch along the waterfront lined with restaurants, shops, and tourist traps. That’s where I saw this truck and knew I had to take a picture. Hey, don’t blame me, I didn’t name it!

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We are scheduled to leave here on Sunday, the 5th, and our next reservation is Tuesday, the 7th, at Whalers Rest Thousand Trails in Newport. We weren’t sure where we’d find a place to hang out for those two days, but our pal Nancy Kissack is staying at the Elks lodge campground a couple of miles north of town and she called yesterday afternoon to say that she had talked to the camp hosts and they had reserved a site for us for those two days. Very nice! While we were out we stopped by the campground to thank Nancy and checked out our new site.

A big part of our reason for spending the summer here on the Oregon coast is for the great kite flying opportunities. This is my newest kite, a dual line Prism Quantum stunt kite with an 84″ wing span that is capable of amazing maneuvers in the hands of a competent pilot, which I’m not, but yet is very forgiving for beginners, which I am. So once we were done in town we headed out to the end of the South Jetty for some flying.

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The Oregon Dunes stretch for miles along the coast here, with great beaches and impressive winds.

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This is a popular spot for kiteboarders and in spite of the cold wind there were several out having fun in the water.

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The weather said winds would be 15 miles per hour with gusts to 25, and it was really blowing out at the beach. I’m sure it was closer to 30 sustained, and gust were up to 35. I flew the Quantum for a while but it was too windy for it, especially for my first time out with it. But I had it in the air long enough to be impressed with how strong it pulls. I’m looking forward to getting it aloft in lighter winds a little further up the coast.

I put the Quantum away and switched to my Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil. This is a kite that was made for high winds, but I’ve never flown it in anything that strong before.


What a workout! You all know that I’m a fat guy, but that darned thing dragged me all over the beach and even off my feet a couple of times! The last time it actually pulled me face down for a foot or so along the sand. I told Terry that if I did that for an hour a day I might lose some weight! Especially with the half mile or so hike we had to get across the sand to the beach and then back to where the Explorer was parked.

By the time we got home I was aching all over and I felt like I’d been worked over by a couple of professional wrestlers. But it’s a good hurt. Yeah, right!

In less than 24 hours we have received over 90 entries for out latest Free Drawing for an autographed copy of John and Kathy Huggins’ So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


Good news for fans of my friend Bobbi Holmes’ Haunting Danielle mystery series. The fourth book in the series, The Ghost Who Wanted Revenge, is out now. These cozy mysteries are set here on the Oregon coast and are very good. Check them out!

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  6 Responses to “Kite Up, Nick Down”

  1. on your new kite you have two plastic balls
    Where the balls are now take a magic marker and mark on the string with the factory setting is that way you can put it back to factory setting
    You could move The plastic balls up or down to speeded up or slow the kite down it feels and looks more professional to run fast but the Eyes can’t always catch up
    And you’ll feel more in control when it flys slower
    15 minutes watching at professional 2 string kiter set up / fly / and land yo come away with a wealth of knowledge
    I have over 11 kites (and no where’s near being professional )that I like to play with but my silver fox is one of the funner ones (don’t play scrabble with me I make up words )
    happily when we were up in the Pacific Northwest with the excellent wind I was like a kid in a candy shop the more kites the better
    Also when you’re going through Lincoln city there is a professional kite shop right out 101 and it’s called Northwest winds if you get a chance stop in there the most knowledgeable people you’ll find when it comes to different kites and very professional they personally have their own kite manufacturing shop and if you get to meet the owner he literally travels all over the world to fly in kite festival Also you can take any kite across the street to the beach and try any kite you want in that shop
    they’re not to be confused with the storefront Dollar general type Chinese kite sellers

  2. Nick I was going to ask you if you use a metal stake to hold your kite handles down So that you can prop your kite up downwind
    this would’ve been in reference to watching a professional kite flyer setting up and landing
    Have fun go fly a kite

  3. Wait …. it’s coming to me ………. I see a Prism Quantum in my very near future!!!
    I also seem to be following in Miss Terry’s footsteps … the kitchen store is on my list for today!!

  4. Ed,
    The Quantum has the adjustable bridle lines, which makes it easy. I’ve been to some kite festivals and watched the pros do it. They make it look easy.

    We plan to stop in Lincoln City again on our way north. Nice folks there.

  5. Let me get the jump on all,,, happy 4thJuly thanks you for your service gal – guys

  6. Camel Towing makes a good buck yanking stupid OHV’ers off the sand when they get stuck, break down, or do otherwise insane, stupid stuff. The OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) crowd on the Oregon coast are a strange bunch. Each weekend they try to outdo their high from the previous weekend and the keep Law Enforcement more than busy. To say nothing of the fact that they also manage to kill off a few of their own in too many different sad ways.
    We spent 10 months on the Oregon coast volunteering for the Forest Service and we were domiciled in the same bone yard where the Federal and County Law Enforcement people stored their patrol Quads — and the number of times they came roaring in to swap out of their car and into a quad to attend an accident, or recover a body were eye opening!

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