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Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Mon, Nov 13 2006, 10:24 AM
by Mike
For those of you who think I never fly when it's cold.
Image

The local newspaper took the photo and then the AP picked it up and I heard from people in different parts of the country.
Because the white string doesn't show against the snow and only shows up in front of my black pants, it looks like I'm tangled in the lines and makes for a pretty funny picture.
Actually, I was doing catch and throws, and I'm about to throw the kite.
Really!

My Dad saw this picture and thought that I launched the kite by wrapping the strings around me and spinning around or something. :lol:

Re: Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Mon, Nov 13 2006, 10:53 AM
by Babbman
no snow will stop me from flying either...

Re: Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Mon, Nov 13 2006, 04:42 PM
by Chris
"...while he attempted to get the stunt kite airborne" -hmmmm, sounds like a little spin on the story to me. :kid:

Re: Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Mon, Nov 13 2006, 08:47 PM
by Frodos Majik
So Mike, you weren't a human top? :rotfl

Reminds me of when I used to fly the RC helicopters in the middle of winter too. As then just like now the winter months will not stop me from flying!! :kid: :cool1:

Re: Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Mon, Nov 13 2006, 09:05 PM
by Mike
welllll, actually, it does mostly stop me from flying. But I do get stir crazy after a while.

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 03 2006, 08:51 PM
by Hector Herrera
WOW!!!
that's what we call a real Kite FAN...........................................atic. :shock:

Today in Ca. we had strong winds, pulled Spider out of the bag and I had a bit of suntan???
It's really a crazy wether. 8)

Re: Flyin' in the Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 03 2006, 10:07 PM
by Babbman
I don't care if there is snow... it's them temps in the teens that get me....

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Mon, Dec 04 2006, 01:03 AM
by denverberry
:ditto

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Mon, Dec 04 2006, 08:33 AM
by Draftnik
Wow AP, that great! It's an good pic. It's got a front shot of you and the kite. That's hard to get. If it causes some questions, all the better. :mrblue:

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Mon, Dec 04 2006, 09:58 PM
by Knoted4ever
i don't mind soft snow so much... but crunchy snow can cause some premature wear on sport kites.

i like my cereal crunchy!

i've never flown in soft cereal!

Cheerio!

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Tue, Dec 05 2006, 08:27 AM
by Mike
Knoted4ever wrote:i don't mind soft snow so much... but crunchy snow can cause some premature wear on sport kites.
i like my cereal crunchy!
i've never flown in soft cereal!
Cheerio!

:rotfl
Nothing like a steady breeze, sunshine, a beach, my Rev, and a bowl of raisin bran.
Or should I say a "regular" breeze and ...

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 03:03 AM
by denverberry
Ok Mike, don't Corn Flake on us now...

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sat, Dec 09 2006, 10:54 AM
by TheBigKiteGuy
Flying in the snow is bad because everything gets damp. Flying on a melting lake is worse because everything gets soooo wet.
The pictures I am going to try to attach are from the last Kites on Ice. The winds were very turbulent boiling over the Student Union and because of the field layout we had to fly on short lines, so everything kept crashing into the slush and getting wetter and wetter. This is an example of the dark side of sponsored flying. I would not have flown here if I was not sponsored. That is Susan Gomberg right after we had laid out wet kites in a UW conference room. I will bet they never let that happen again!

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 02:42 AM
by denverberry
What next if no place to lay them out? I know a hair dryer is out of the question...

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 08:15 AM
by Draftnik
We were at Kites on Ice that year. Gawd it was a sloppy mess!

Sunday before we packed up and headed home the kids needed to blow off some steam. They were chasing dripping wet bears for the dropniks and one by one eventaully the kids all did face plants in that wet soupy mess. The air was warm but that water was cold, and engraved that kite fest in their memories. :roll:

Kids were easier to dry out then those kites must have been!

I miss that festival, think they'll ever bring it back?

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 11:34 AM
by TheBigKiteGuy
The first choice with wet show kites is flying them dry. The second is to be able to lay them out inside at the event and use some type of blower / fan to dry the kites. The worst option, particularly if you have to take a plane home, is to pack the kites and take them home to dry them. This can be very expensive in overweight baggage charges and an absolutely horrific mess back home. If driving I have used tarps to line the cargo area of the suv and stopped every half hour to drain the water oozing out of the kites. My wettest trip home started with about a half gallon each half hour for the first couple of hours, tapering off to about a pint after six hours. You get some really strange looks in rest areas when you open the tailgate, fold the tap down and there is a miniature waterfall. I then stopped and bought some really big traps and covered my garage floor and my living room and dining room (Hey, the kites are worth more than the furniture). I laid out the kites, turning them every 12 hours and using towels to sop up water from the tarps and any obviously wet sports on the kites, After about 5 days they were bone dry. This is not an experience I am eager to repeat.

Re: Flyin' In The Snow

Posted: Sun, Dec 10 2006, 11:41 AM
by TheBigKiteGuy
I hear that the owners of Kites on Ice were looking at doing something smaller, but Craig, Paul and the rest of the actual kitefliers are not involved. I am not even sure who "owns" the festival now, it used to be MadFest, Inc. My guess is that as a kite fest it will come to nothing. I ope I am wrong.