|Not my Kite- Just what it looked like. Not sure if Jane got a shot. if she did I will replace it|
It was momentarily sunny today, so my friend Jane and I went kite flying. Kite flying fits neatly into my idea of exercise. You race around because it’s fun, unlike forcing yourself to do ten laps on a treadmill or riding a fixed bike. The Weather Bureau said that winds of 25 – 40 kmh were expected so it sounded promising. What I didn’t understand was that sometimes it would blow at 25 kmh and at other times it would be 40.
Jane’s very expensive kite shot straight up and then came crashing down, breaking one of its struts. My $10 polyester raptor did a bit better, doing graceful arcs for at least ten minutes, before it got hopelessly tangled in its own string. After about twenty minutes of unravelling we had another few moments of glory during which it looked like a real raptor soaring into a now leaden sky. Then the wind changed and it too dashed to the ground, but not without twisting multiple times and wrapping itself around my legs, my camera bag and the cords on the front of my jacket. Fortunately, you don't have to be good at kites to have fun.
Aussie Kite Clubs http://www.akfs.org.au
Or the USA and 25 other countries https://kite.org/