Friday, August 28, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - Day 3 at WSIKF

Day three at the Washington State International Kite Festival was all about the Red, White and Blue. And as Mike, Rhonda and I have a fair amount of patriotic kites, line laundry, flags and banners between us, we decided to enter the "Paint Me Patriotic" camp display competition. While everyone else's camp was mostly about feather banners, our camp had it all: windsocks and feather banners on the ground, a kite arch of 18 kites and four kites above it all. We even had the American flag flying from Mike and Rhonda's 19 foot delta kite. Our efforts were rewarded with a second place ribbon.

Two of the other patriotic displays:

8 banners side-by-side form the American flag 

This was the day WSIKF put on their Foster Grandparents Fun Fly event (eleventh annual, no less) designed to give young kids a chance to experience the joy of kite flying with an experienced kiter. Several dozen kites were constructed by some of the experienced kitemakers (Rhonda made 15 of the little deltas), and the kids that participated got to keep the kite that was given to them.

Another event for the kids was the Candy Drop.

First they haul up a really big kite...
something that can lift a big bag of candy up high.

A bag of candy is pulleyed up to the kite line
and then released for the kids to scoop up.

The kids got to make kites in the afternoon; also, there was awards given to the best camps set up by kids.

Two more events were held in the afternoon... the Individual Rokkaku Battle and Senior Ballet. Somehow I didn't get any photos. Maybe I can get a few photos from Mike Hagen to post.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tuesday, August 18th... Day Two at WSIKF

We arrived at the beach around 9:30 in the morning; giant kites were already being launched into the sky.

Day two is mostly a day for us to wander around meeting old friends, making new ones and taking lots of pictures. The days events included a camera workshop, a photo walk and judging of 'Club Camps;' Club camps are ground displays set up by teams and can include ground art, banners, flags, tents, kites 'at rest,' people in costume, pets and anything else your imagination can come up with. Judging is based on color coordination, artistic merit, innovation and overall presentation.

Beach balls

Pirates... arrrgh!



German heraldry

...with a kite in those colors to match (the one on top)

Here's some of the kites being flown on this day:

One of Robert Brassington's big box kites

A Brassington spinner and five of his deltas

A Brassington cellular kite

Some jellyfish, a seal & a seahorse

One of the big parafoils with nice tails

The day also included Individual and Team Rokkaku Kite Battles. Using traditional Japanese rokkaku kites, contestants to see who can knock their opponent's kite out of the sky (usually by either tangling their kites or by cutting the opponents line with friction). Rokkaku battles are real crowd pleasers.

But, somehow, neither Mike, Rhonda or myself managed to be there to photograph or video the event. So... here's a YouTube video to show you what traditional Japanese kite fighting is all about.

Stay tuned for Day Three. There's all kinds of activities coming up, especially for the kids.

Monday, August 24, 2015

What happened to my daily posts from WSIKF?

I had planned to post daily from WSIKF just as I did last year. However... when we arrived at our cabin, 1) the room wasn't available until the next day, 2) we had to stay in separate rooms that night and 3) once in the correct room, we had no internet connection until last Friday.

So... now that I'm back home, I will organize my notes & photos and post daily. In the mean time, here's a few photos and a video to tide you over.

Those bols are as tall as a three-story building


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

We're Off to WSIKF

Going to the Washington State International Kite Festival with Mike and Rhonda means taking the long way around... and it's a real pleasure to get there that way. The long way around means going up the Oregon coast, taking in all it's beauty. It’s a long drive but worth it for the scenery. After driving all night (except for an early A.M. breakfust stop) we stopped around 7:30 A.M. for a restroom break at this beautiful little beach just north of Newport  There wasn’t a soul on the beach.

After making a stop in Tillamook for grocery supplies at Costco and Fred Meyer's, we crossed the bridge over the Columbia river and made our way out the peninsula to Long Beach, arriving around 7 PM. Time for some serious sleep.

On Sunday we drove down to Ilwaco Marina to visit our favorite local artist, Don Nisbett. Don is a water color artist and has done several posters and merchandise artwork for the festival, including this year's.

Don, about to sign a print for me

Artwork for this year's poster

 Crab flying a kite on the beach

We returned to Long Beach after lunch and walked down to the festival site to purchase official merchandise... tee shirts, mugs, pins, etc. Fliers were already out on the beach a day ahead of time practicing stunt kite routines or just enjoying one of their kites flying on the smooth beach wind.
After making our purchases we walked the length of the boardwalk and then walked into town to play tourist. We did a little shopping and saw what there was to see.

Whale sculptures along the boardwalk

Lewis and Clark statue

Monday, the first day of the festival, was devoted to train kites and arches on the main competition field. My mission was to fly 'Big Boy' out on the giant-kite field. However, there was some fog in the morning; it had an eerie look, so I took a few photos before launching Big Boy.

Here's a couple of launches in the fog:

The fog was no match for the sun, burning off fairly quickly, leaving occasional wisps blowing through for another hour or so. Here's a short video of the last of the fog:


The sky filled up pretty quickly.

Big Boy with train kites in background

Here's some of the trains and arches.

Notice the arch kites in the right background
(if you click on the photo, you'll get a larger image)

About 1 PM I brought big Boy down, got some lunch and headed back to our cabin for a shower and some rest (launching, flying and recovering Big Boy is really hard work on sand). Later in the afternoon Mike and Rhonda showed up from their day at the beach and suggested we go see Disappointment Lighthouse. It was worth the .6 mile trail hike to see it and the views.

Along the trail we saw this very secluded cove and beach.

All lighthouses are picturesque, and Disappointment is no exception.

And, oh yes, the view!

As you can see by the last photo, there was still about an hour to go until sunset. Sooo... we went to North Head Lighthouse which is only a mile or so around the point from Disappointment (Disappointment lights the way from the north side of the Columbia mouth, North Head is on the ocean side just north of the Columbia mouth to warn ships approaching). We were the last visitors to leave and got some great photos of the lighthouse with the setting sun.

It was a nice finish to a very full day. What fun and adventure will tomorrow bring? Stay tuned.