This weekend Frances and I traveled just 2 hours down Interstate 90 to the GTO. Cole Russell put on a wonderful event with course racing, speed and distance trials and a freestyle competition.
There are experiences or events that I experience where the sum is truly greater than the parts and this weekend was one of those happy and great take aways. On Saturday morning I got out of bed and started organizing for the weekend at 5:00 AM. I was hoping that Frances and I could have a 6:30 departure for Georgetown Lake and the Georgetown Open, affectingly called the GTO. This was the final snowkite event for this season, put together by Cole Russell. Cole has worked hard to put this event on for the past six years as he has diligently built his snowkite business, Underground Kitesports, in Phillipsburg, Montana.
OK, if you are offended by puns of a pumping nature please do not read this post. I make many irreverent puns in this post and you may not like it or you may laugh, it all depends. *
So for the past two years I have had this major fantasy about kite inflation. As immature as it sounds every time one of our rinky-dink black plastic, stock pumps gets fussy I want to shove it up someone’s dark and scary place. I realize this can’t be done as the pump is way too large to fit there and I really have no idea who this someone is, it’s an abstract concept that, never-the-less, helps deflate my pump frustrations. Read more
I think there comes a day, in most parents lives, when the inevitable happens, their child does something so amazing it both scares and thrills them beyond belief. This was yesterday at Mount Haggin, MT for Packy and me. The day started with the kids amped to kite, they got out of bed early and packed their own gear, it was amazing. We rolled down US I-90, toward Butte, enjoying a friendly discussion on ethics, morality and politic, yes we are a bit geeky and after Rocker Packy declared we could only talk about kiting until we pulled into Haggin so the conversation went kitey, it was fun. Read more
This past spring I listed 2 small kites, a 3.5m and 5m, on Ikitesurf.com. These kites were the Cabrinha Converts that my husband and I purchased and used to teach our children how to kite. When I listed them I got 2 types of inquires, the first were from men who thought they would like to have a tiny kite just in case a hurricane whipped thru their favorite spot and the other was well meaning parents eager to get Jr. kiting. I know it is not fair business practices but I quickly dismissed the over confident men with death wishes and responded to the parents, after all I have a soft spot in my heart for anyone who wants to share the stoke with their kids. I became an email “pal” with two different fathers, as not only were they interested in the tiny kites but also advice on how to teach their kids. Read more