Yesterday I woke up thinking it would be a great day to fly our paper kite. I could see the tree branches blowing in the wind. Before noon I rounded up Lachlan and we headed for the beach. I was surprised by how much windier it was out by the water (though I should have known -- it always is!).
We got the kite up immediately, but it was so unstable...just dipping and twirling wildly. You would have thought it was one of those fancy store-bought stunt kites. I handed the spool of string to Lachlan and he let the kite out so it soared over the dunes...then plunged into the sea oats. As I wound up the string (which was tangled in grass, twigs, and itself) Lachlan took off on the ridge of the dunes, seeking adventure. When I looked up he was just a tiny speck! I hobbled after him (my knee is still bothering me). I figured he'd have to stop at Hatteras Inlet! Luckily he found something to engage his attention and I caught up with him (I had gotten my daily walk by then), and we took our broken kite back home for repairs.
Maybe some of our readers remember making paper diamond kites as kids. I have forgotten whether an unstable kite means that I should make the tail longer, or cut it shorter. Or maybe the horizontal cross piece is not bowed enough. Any insights would be appreciated. Of course I need to rebuild the kite before I can fly it again. But we still had fun.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a history of paved roads on Ocracoke. It may not sound very exciting, but there have been dramatic changes on the island because of the construction of paved roads a half century ago. You can read the newsletter, and see some rare photos here.
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