Run Away Kite

by Rosie
(MA, USA)

My friend and I decided to fly a kite a few weeks ago. We'd flown kites before and saved all the string. We brought the kite, which had about a 3 foot wingspan, down to the park which is almost 1/4 mile long, a big grassy field, in front of the high school.

The field was surrounded by trees and we faced the high school at the end of the field. First we let up 50 feet of cheepo string that came with a crummy kite I got stuck in a tree, then another 50 feet, then two huge spools of 200 feet. The kite was the same size as the planes overhead.

Then I walked home to my house and found some ribbon and yarn. I returned and if you've never flown a kite before with ribbon, you have no idea how much ribbon is on a spool. I was finishing up the ribbon when the string snapped,about 400 feet up. My friend, Jonah ran after the kite as I tried to scavenge the remaining string. But that kite was gone!

If I stacked five of the high schools, a four story building, on top of each other, the roof wouldn't be as high as the kite! It went straight over the high school, over the hill behind the high school, and kept on going until I could only see a dot of it in the distance. Then it was gone.

Jonah and I walked for a long time, looking for the kite, but we never found it.

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Run Away Kite
by: Gary Crenshaw

I had one run away kite years ago, the line didnt break I just accidently let the line go and watched it lift until out of sight. At the time it was MY BEST KITE. After some thought, I was glad my name and address was not attatched. These days I would rather lose a kite than to worry about where my kite landed. Anyway, good article enjoyed reading it.

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by: Tim Parish

Thanks for your story! I've never lost a kite due to a broken line, but it does remind me of losing a model glider in a thermal once. I was a teenager, and my Dad and I watched it bobbing around more than 1000 feet up, and kilometers downwind... Likewise, we never found it.

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