Well, it appears as if I’ve got a new hobby, thanks to the 2007 New Year’s Day Kite Festival in San Diego. Having discovered a cool kite shop at Seaport Village a few months earlier with my youngest son, we learned about this annual event and decided it might be a fun way to kick off the New Year. Well, we weren’t disappointed – as can be seen from the photo at the left (double click on it for a larger view), we had a spectacular time! We arrived in the morning and stayed until the sun went down.
All kinds of great kites were flown – huge kites (as noted in the picture), stunt kites, synchronized kites flown to music, and just about everything in between. Prior to attending the festival, I had chatted on several occasions with one of the guys (Dave) from the kite shop: he had told me about folks who sent cameras up with their kites and took aerial photographs. While we didn’t see anyone taking Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) at the festival, we had so much fun that I was really hooked on the idea. While my boy loved flying stunt kites, I tend to be more attracted to the watching them fly (although the synchronized kites were REALLY fun to watch – someday, it might be fun to try). Anyway, to make a long story short, I’m now interested in KAPing and have just created my first rig. I’ll post more about that later as it’s getting late and I had better call it a night.