The Kite Eating Tree

by Robert
(United States)

I remember I was flying a small home-made delta kite in my backyard. Unfortunately for me though, my backyard was covered by tall trees. I take 2 seconds to untangle a knot in the line before I realize my little delta was swerving and flipping all over the place. I slacked out the line but it was too late...

CRUNCH! is the sound when kite and tree came together. I pulled and pushed at the line but it was too late. The tree had won. Another day I had made another kite and this time I was in the front yard. No danger here, right? It was floating around in a light gusty breeze leaving everything behind.

Trees, houses it was above all that, floating gracefully. Then some tension on the line and suddenly my kite was an acrobat. It flipped all the way down to earth and hit a tree. I went to the backyard to check it out and it was the same exact tree!

The kite eating tree has won again. My kite went over my house and into that magnet of a tree. (I will have my revenge though........)

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Undoing knots
by: Tim Parish

Good story Robert - and I think every kiter can relate to taking a few seconds with head down to fix a knot in the flying line... While something interesting or even outright disastrous starts to unfold!

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