looking out over the blue Pacific from the cliffs at Blacks Beach is inspiring even if you don't have a kite harness strapped to your back..... Image i was talking to an old friend today and as we chatted a little bit back and forth on the phone some memories began to surface about the place......

very good ones because i learned to kite there...it's called gliding now.......it was one of the safest places around 'cause the wind current on a good day were always pretty stable.... if all the seagulls were gliding smoothely you knew you could too....the worse that could happen was a water landing...instead of a beach one.....if it was really hot....you got all kinds of up currents....and could soar higher and higher....that was every kiters dream

some of us wore wetsuits so we wouldn't sandpaper our bods when we landed....the most experienced wore bathing suits....which they promptly removed when they landed as Black Beach is bathing suit optional....which in the parliance of the kiters was nude.....

it was never packed .....but there were enough people around....some down at the waters edge doing Tai Chi...it was always fun to join them...and sway and move thru the intricate movements.....the waves seem to dictate which move came next as they slid quietly along the sandy shoreline.....the foam covering your toes as you moved into a new position.....

if you were lazing back further in the sand.....and not participating....they looked like a flock of strange seabirds doing a water ballet.....

if you were an inventerate kiter there was always the 1000 ft climb back up the cliffs to fly again.....take to wing like the birds...once i even tried to follow them out ot sea....just got lost in it.....til some of my flying buddies yelled HEY NAN ...WHAT THE HELL ARE YA DOIN'..at the top of their lungs over the wind rush........and waved me back before i hit the point of no return....but for one brief second i was just one of the flock....

i think everyone especially when they are young dreams of flying...so later when i was laying in a hammock with my honey gazing into the sky watching the seagulls dive and soar .....

all i was thinkin' was


they're doing so many fun thing with kites now...even windsurfing

Kites on string...creating ur wings.....pulling u across the waves...those Chinese came up with a thoroughly novel and wonderful idea




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quillpena Oct. 13, 2011 @ 9:32 p.m.

I used to have a black plastic kite when I was a kid. It was shaped like a bat and had scary red eyes.


Ruth Newell Oct. 14, 2011 @ 8:09 a.m.

Did it? Don't recall ever having one as a lass but the older I get the more extreme my interests seem to become. Oddly.


nan shartel Oct. 14, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

i had a huge box kite in Oregon...lots of wind on the beaches there...we were living in Rockaway Beach at the time

they had a kite contest every October...i got into it!


richzombie Oct. 15, 2011 @ 11:59 a.m.

fun to read ...i also had a box kite as a kid not that big just slightly wider than a doorway ...and as i ran out the door with it ...


nan shartel Oct. 15, 2011 @ 1:40 p.m.

they r the easiest to fly other then a triangular kite RZ

everyone should ....GO FLY A KITE!!

it's really more peaceful then not catching fish...lololol


nan shartel Oct. 15, 2011 @ 4:24 p.m.

i seem to remember ur not much 4 an unfurling line Roody...trout fishing is almost as much fun as kiting


Ruth Newell Oct. 15, 2011 @ 5:06 p.m.

So I'm told. I do fly kites. When I met my father...he flies kites, too. Genes are a very funny thing, no?


nan shartel Oct. 15, 2011 @ 6:59 p.m.

i don't think kite flying need special genes...just an uplifted happy adventurous heart


nan shartel Oct. 14, 2011 @ 8 p.m.

i bet u'd like those dragon kites Quill....they're amazing


quillpena Oct. 14, 2011 @ 11:40 p.m.

They sound awesome, nan, as does Rockaway Beach, could there be a more apt name?


nan shartel Oct. 15, 2011 @ 10:33 a.m.

u'd love the dragon kites Quill...they r so intricate and beautiful

i use to hook many fish kites to my string on my box kite to create a lovely ariel scene..the box kite was so stable once really in the air that it was easy to do

i put some more pics up for u 2 see what they looks like


Ruth Newell Oct. 15, 2011 @ 2:44 p.m.

Still stuck on the picture of the woman with great legs, myself.


nan shartel Oct. 15, 2011 @ 4:20 p.m.

i saw lots more of that with gals parasailing on the Columbia River..they also called it Kite Boarding...mostly around Hood River and The Dalles...on Highway 84

u've been up that way right Roody...or did ur travels hug the coastline??


nan shartel Oct. 16, 2011 @ 12:41 p.m.

and a woman with great legs will do that 2 u everytime..HA!!!


Ruth Newell Oct. 16, 2011 @ 1:08 p.m.

Separate trip took me to hood river. Loved that river valley.


nan shartel Oct. 16, 2011 @ 8:13 p.m.

Hood River is gorgeous...the use to be a beautiful inn there right on the river but i heard they've gone out of business...

that's so sad because there was nothing like it!!


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