Apr 192018

When we were searching for our retirement home, we knew it had to be in a community located close to the beach. The beach is our place to go and let our souls relax from the cares of the world. It has a calming effect on both Terry and me like no place else. Plus, we wanted a place where we could fly our quad line Revolution kites.

Well, we live about a 15 minute drive from the beach, and guess how many times we have flown our kites since we got here? Zero. None. Nada. Zip.

Don’t ask me why, because I really can’t tell you. Maybe it’s because we had no idea that semi-retirement would take up so much of our time. I mean, there’s fishing, and kayaking, and boating, and weaving, and writing, and playing darts, and…. you get the idea. Yep, it’s been way too long since we’ve had a set of kite lines in our hands.

But all that changed yesterday afternoon. Terry and I drove down to the beach and were parked, just enjoying the sound of the surf and watching the water when Terry spotted somebody flying a Revolution kite further down. We suspected it was our friend Colleen Baker, known to quad line flyers nationwide as Jynx. She has a home in Wisconsin, but winters in New Smyrna Beach, and spends just about every day flying kites. In fact, she is the person that first introduced us to Revolution kites at the Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach, years ago.

We were just standing on the sidelines admiring the skill of the kite flyers when Jynx invited us to give it a try. Now, these kites are not cheap. They start somewhere around $300 and can easily go for twice that much, depending on the model. So obviously, Terry and I were hesitant to accept her kind offer because we didn’t want to have to buy somebody a new kite once we crashed it. But Jynx insisted we try, saying they are pretty much indestructible. The rest, as they say, is history. It wasn’t long before I bought my own Revolution kite, and I would be hesitant to tell you how many we have between the two of us now.

When we got down to where we saw the kite in the air ysterday, it was actually somebody else, but Jynx was there, too. After a round of hugs in greeting, she insisted we fly her Polo, which is a custom version of a Revolution kite.

Having not flown in so long, I was pretty sure I would spend a lot of time crashing the kite, but it really is kind of like riding a bicycle. I had no problem getting it up in the air and doing some basic maneuvers like flying sideways and hovering in a stationary position. That’s not to say I was smooth, but at least I didn’t embarrass myself too badly.

Of course, it helped that the Polo is a superior kite and which would make even a rank amateur look good.

When it was Terry’s turn on the lines she showed the same grace and style she has since the first time she started flying a quad line kite. She began a year or so after me, maybe two, but she quickly left me in her dust. It was the same way yesterday. It was like the last time she flew was a month ago, not over two years ago!

It sure was good to be out there flying, and we spent several hours at it. We both realized how much we miss the hobby. So don’t be surprised if we aren’t pulling the kite bags out from under our bed and heading to the beach again soon.

Here are Miss Terry and Jynx at the end of our time together yesterday. We promised her we’ll be back before too long to do it again.

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  One Response to “It’s Been Way Too Long”

  1. Fun! I haven’t flown a kite since I was make paper bag ones with the cub scouts.But there are usually very nice ones here on the beaches in the summer.

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