Aug 122015

Yesterday was a day for meeting new friends we had previously only known online. That’s always a lot of fun.

As I wrote in yesterday’s blog, we were meeting Nina Fussing and her husband Paul Novell of Wheeling it blog fame at The Lost Roo, here in Long Beach for lunch. They are a fun couple and we had a wonderful time getting acquainted.

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They are volunteering at North Head Lighthouse at nearby Cape Disappointment State Park and we talked about that for a while, as well as how each couple got together, life before fulltiming, RVs and RVing, and so much more that before we knew it two hours had gone by. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer at a lighthouse, here’s the scoop.


Thanks for lunch and for making time for us, Paul and Nina! We look forward to getting together again sometime.

After days of little to no wind, it was finally back again yesterday, so any thoughts of working on the new issue of the paper went right out the window. We stopped at the campground to ask Nancy Kissack if she wanted to grab her kite bag and go to the beach with us, which was a dumb question. Does a puppy want its belly rubbed?

The RVing Revolution kite fliers we saw last week were out there again, making it look easy as they flew in formation. Not wanting to interfere, or to demonstrate just how green all three of us are, we went to the other side of the beach access road to set up.

Facebook friend Diane Morris was there with the rest of the Rev fliers and followed us across the sand to introduce herself and tell us we were welcome to join their gang. A little later she came back with her husband Brett, who is the Region 9 Director (Idaho, Montana, Oregon) for the American Kitefliers Association. Brett showed us how to adjust our handle leaders for maximum control and demonstrated a couple of maneuvers for us.

We had a great time and I think all three of us saw some improvement in our flying technique. Nancy flew for a couple of hours and then had to stop to have dinner with friends, but Terry and I were having way too much fun. We stayed until about 7:30 before we finally called it a day.

I have to tell you, 4+ hours of kite flying is a blast, but that long walk across the beach afterward to get back to the car is work. Especially with that extra half pound of sand in each shoe!

The wind is supposed to be good again today, so I’ll work on the paper for a while and then we’ll probably head for the beach again. It’s like that old saying, “make hay while the sun shines,” but for us it’s “fly kites while the wind blows.”

Thought For The Day – Happiness is not a destination, it’s a way of life.

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  3 Responses to “Online To Real Life Friends”

  1. Oh.. so glad you got to meet Nina & Paul! Love when my friends get together (and miss you all!).

  2. It was a total blast to meet you too! Thanks for a most excellent time.

  3. We had the honor of meeting Nina & Paul several years ago in S FL. Someday we hope to run into you guys. Then our celebrity meet ups will be complete!

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