Saturday, April 26, 2014


Kites tipping and turning
on the wind,
gliding in cloudless blue.
Dragons, birds, square and round,
in brilliant colors,
traversing the sky,
tethered to the ground
by earthbound bodies.

Children running to keep up
with their runaway kites,
their heads thrown back,
laughter bubbling out of them
in joy.

Summer riding in blowing
spring away.

by Dawn Conly

Monday, April 21, 2014

An Easter Tradition (in these here parts) Continues

For many families in Butte County, Easter Sunday means a trip up to Table Mountain for a picnic and Kiteflying on the beautiful meadows. When Easter falls earlier in the year, the wildflowers are in full bloom... not so much in the middle of April. Non-the-less it was a beautiful day. See for yourself. Mike Hagen, Rhonda Davidson and I arrived at 11 AM and immediately began launching kites.

 Mike & Rhonda
launch a pair of flowtial deltas
That was easy!

Next up was a rokaku
Mike launched...
...and Rhonda flew.
So did the rok.

I had two deltas & a 'purple ghost' flowtail ready to go.

Mike's parents love to fly kites too.

It's picnic time.

Many other families flew kites too.

For most of the day we had 10 - 13 kites in the air. Add to that total the kites the other families flew and close to 30 kites were in the air over Table Mountain.

...okay, when's our next excuse to fly kites?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

2nd Sunday as good as 1st Sunday

This past Sunday was as nice a day to fly as the weekend before (see previous post). A church group reserved the entire park for a community Easter picnic (egg hunt included). They asked me and Jim Stainback if we'd stay and fly our kites for everyone's enjoyment. Here's what the day looked like:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Perfect Day For Kitefliers!

This past Sunday Chico kitefliers enjoyed a perfect kite day: clear skies, 80 degree temperatures and a NNW wind averaging 12-15 mph with gusts to 22 mph. Besides myself, Mike Hagen, Rhonda Davidson and Jim Stainback were in attendance. We had kite arches and beach balls for a ground display, and we all had more than one kite in the air. Add the many families that joined us to fly kites, and Wildwood Park once again looked like a 'mini-festival.' See for yourself...

Big Boy went up with 'everything-but-the-kitchen-sink' on it

150 feet of windsock!

Kids were allowed to chase the tail (but no holding on)

Rhonda's frog kept getting hung up on it's 'pilot line'

All in all, it was a great day to be a kiteflier!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tomorrow is First-Sunday-of-the-Month, and that means...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Here's part 2 of The 2012 Wildwood Kite Festival.