Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Blowin' in the Wind
Every year for a week in late August, the skies over Long Beach, Washington fill with flying sea creatures, pirates, UFO's, dragon's, and an unimaginable number of other colorful kites.
"Starting on Monday and ending on Sunday this Long Beach, Washington State vacation extravaganza boasts skies ablaze with color, highflying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures." (From the kite festival website)
Riff was able to make it home this weekend, and even though he has to drive 8 hours home now, then 8 hours back to work on Sunday, he knew that I needed to get away for a few hours, so the two of us (yes, we actually got to spend some time together alone!), crossed the bridge to Washington. What an absolutely beautiful day it was for enjoying the kites on the beach.
This is the second time we've come up for the kite festival and it was just as jaw-dropping as the first time. You would be amazed at the shear number of kites in the air. Not only are there hundreds from the competitors, but many of the spectators are flying kites as well. So fun to watch. Next year, we're going to actually plan ahead, bring some chairs, a cooler, a good book, and a couple of kites, make a day of it.
This year we sat in the sand on the dunes and watched some of the Ballet competition. It's so incredible what these flyers can do with their kites. Beautiful stuff!
On the walk through the arch and to the beach, vendors are set up with all kinds of fun things to buy and incredible things to eat. I had a corn dog that tasted just like the fair. There were snowcones, elephant ears, cotton candy, handmade fudge, ice cream, Thai food, pulled pork, fajitas, hot dogs, polish sausages, burgers and curly fries to name a few. A fun, circus like atmosphere fills the air along with the gorgeous kites. It was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful August afternoon.
Posted by Paula at 6:31 AM