Flight is the ultimate escape. Send a kite into the sky and feel the wind. Ride the currents, carve through the heavens. Soar.
Mountains make their own weather. The wind moves through the terrain. It runs the river beds, tumbles around corners, crashes into walls, and falls over ridgelines. Except when it doesn’t. Early in the morning the air can settle softly and lie still. That’s a good time to be in the high country. Even if your kite’s not ready to fly.
Sometimes you want the pull. How strong is that wind? How strong are you? Ready to unleash the speed of the kite, snap that turn and keep it flying? Once the wind kicks up into the high teens you’ll be in for a ride. Dig in. Hold on. Or take off.
Arcs and angles. Flicks of the line. Toss the string to the left, slack the line and tug. Pirouette and stab the sand with a wingtip. Pull back both lines and accelerate skyward like you’re heading for orbit. Some kites stay in the wind. Sport kites play in the wind. A dual-line kite is an aerobatic wonder.
Some days there’s nothing. Flat calm, limp flags, glassy water. We solved that. With special kites so light that just stepping backwards through the air is enough to keep them aloft. Got a gym or a basketball court nearby? Heck, with a 4-D or Zero-G you can even fly kites indoors.
Look where we are! Look what we can see from here. We always take kites when we travel, since you never know when you’ll end up in a special place, with a special view. Flying them feels like a celebration in the sky that connects us all. Here we are, with the earth and the wind and the sky. We take a moment and fly.