Kite Festival

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park.

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park. (Photo credit: adhocbot)


It started out as a typical Saturday.


Sleep in, exercise, a bit of yardwork, breakfast.


Then getting to work in the home office to continue the relentless battle against paperwork.  In this ongoing, no-end-in-sight, endless conflict there is unfortunately, often no clear victor.  At times we seem to be gaining.  Next thing you know, it has the upper hand multiplying as though there were no tomorrow!


We were determined to get ahead this time…and then the phone rang.


An invitation to enjoy the local kite festival.  It’s just down the street.  It’ll be a welcome diversion.  Cars are parked all over the neighborhood a good mile in almost any direction.  Too bad the city did away with half the parking when they improved the park a couple years ago.  😦


So we went on foot.  It was a beautiful day, a tiny bit cool, cloudy, and windy.  Perfect kite-flying weather!


As we got closer we could see a myriad of kites in all shapes, sizes, and colors flying in the sky with colorful tales waving in the breeze behind them.  It was a beautiful sight!  Next into our view came the picturesque inflatable bounce houses, then the vendor tents, and finally the crowds of families all there to enjoy the festivities and camaraderie.


There were kite-flying contests, booths, a live band, police vehicles, fire fighting equipment, and art projects.  And for a fee you could face paint, have your caricature drawn, walk inside a giant ball, ride the little train, even climb a rock wall.  Not to mention all the various foods for sale.


After walking around for over an hour, I was ready for a break.  I found an open space on the grass and let my companions go on without me.  I sat and enjoyed looking at the various types of kites in the sky, and the various children and adults flying them.  A couple times I witnessed someone having difficulty getting a kite airborne and someone stopping to help.  It was great.  The music was toe-tapping and the whole thing was filled with an air of friendliness and fun.


What a great, and out-of-the-ordinary, day!  🙂



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