Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lincoln City, OR Kite Festival November 11th.

This was way more fun than we had expected!

Giant Penguin!

Giant Teddy Bear trailing a Honey Bucket.

Giant Gecko.

This kite has a Mt Hood scene on it. The next few photos are unusual kites, what can I say?

This is a traditional "Japanese Fighting Kite". They had about 20 of these is the air at one time. The object is to be the last kite flying. It is possible to get a wrap around someone's line and then "saw" it in two causing the kite to fall; or hit the leading or trailing edge hard enough to cause the opponents kite to fly into the ground. We watched the 1st of two heats of this...it was slow and boring. But as you can see on this one, several of the kites were sponsored.

The man flying this Delta shaped kite had amazing control and did complex tricks. He was using a sort of flattened "U" shaped handle as a control. It is a two line kite and one line was attached to each end of the control handle. Dick talked with him for quite awhile. He said "No, it is not easier to fly with this control handle". He also told us that the really large "kites" cost $4,000 to $6,000 each. He explained that they all have "scuppers" somewhere on the head. When they are fully inflated the "scuppers" close and as they lose air they open and they take in a gulp or two of air. Pretty neat. He said that the Snail kite was very intricate and very expensive!

The "Cat-in-the-Hat" had a wonderful routine, which included a cast of about 15 youngsters.

Mary Poppins was incredible. She also was flying a Rev. Her routine was choreographed to the music from the movie. All of the Revs in the following photos were flown with music.

These 4 Revs are connected together and are being flown by one man.

This is the "Revolution" kite (Dick's will look very similar, just different color). These 4 are handled by different fliers. They did some awesome coordinated maneuvers, too hard to show in photos. This was the highlight of the show.

Rockey celebrates # 65! But all may not be well . . .

Rockey enjoys dinner out at the Chowder Bowl in Newport.

Dick orders a new kite from Keith at The Kite Company in Newport, OR

Something went terribly wrong. It's Rockey's birthday and Dick orders a new kite, buys a new pair of shorts, two new t-shirts and a Yamaha Keyboard! Rockey got a fish & chips dinner. Finally she decided to get a pair of hiking sandals. I say, "you snooze, you lose."

You know, I think it was one of the best birthdays of hers I've ever had. :-)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Munson Falls State Park

Ok, this picture has nothing to do with the state park. I just took it along the way!

This park is about 15 miles north of the Pacific City Thousand Trails Park on Hwy 101. The turn off is well marked and the park is a 2 mile drive east on a narrow road. The falls, which is 319 feet high (the tallest waterfall in the Coast Range) is a 1/4 mile easy hike through old growth (ancient) Western Red Cedar and Sitka Spruce.

Parking is free and there are no other fees!

A very well maintained trail

There is a trail up to the top, but it was closed, apparently as a result of slides.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Fun Visit

Our friends, Al and Doris met us in Cannon Beach. We had lunch at Mo's, flew kites, and had a good visit. We met these guys during the first year of our travels and they have been our good friends ever since.