The Washington State International Kite Festival ended yesterday and it’s amazing what a difference a day makes!
This was the scene earlier in the week.
And this was yesterday, after most of the crowd cleared out.
I went down to the beach and spent a couple of hours with Lolly Hadzicki from Revolution Kites. As there had been all week, a bunch of people were standing around wanting to test fly a Rev, and Lolly was giving them a quick lesson on the basics and letting them take the lines. While Revs can perform all kinds of complicated maneuvers, it’s amazing how quickly most people can pick up the basics of launching, turning, and landing when an expert like Lolly teaches them. I even pitched in and helped some folks while she was busy with others.
A group of experienced fliers were putting their Revs through their paces nearby. Someday I want to be half as good as these guys.
Of course, it wasn’t all about Revs. There were still a few beautiful kites aloft, like this one.
Our friend Nancy Kissack’s travels have coincided with ours for much of the summer and we have hanging out together. Nancy is also a Rev kite flier and a lot of fun. I don’t think she ever has a bad day. If you have not read Nancy’s blog, Kissack Adventures, you really should. I never miss a day. She’s also a great photographer and includes a lot of pictures every day.
Nancy is heading south today, and Miss Terry wanted to make her a special going away dinner. So while I was off playing, Terry was home working. And what a dinner it was! Delicious homemade lasagna, garlic bread, and salad for the ladies. I ate way too much! but I always do when Terry’s cooking. Travel safe, Nancy. We enjoyed our time together and look forward to seeing you again in Arizona in a few months.
After all of our debate and heartache about phasing out the printed edition of the Gypsy Journal, Terry and I have been very pleased with the reaction so far. A lot of people have already switched to our digital edition.
Somebody asked if you have to be online all the time to read the digital edition, since internet connectivity can be a problem for some RVers at times. No, you can log onto the internet, click the link to open the paper, it takes a minute or less to download, and then you can save it to your computer to read offline at your leisure. And the digital edition remains online forever, so you can always go back and download it again anytime you want to. We have a few digital subscribers who just can’t handle reading on an electronic device, so they print it out to have the best of both worlds, print and digital.
Congratulations to Del Alden, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel, by Suzie O’Connell. We had 88 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.