by Dan P
(Lexington Park, MD, USA)

Flying while I work

Flying while I work

It had been a calm day. It was the early afternoon, and I was just starting some planned yard work when seemingly out of nowhere a pretty steady 5 mph breeze appeared. Thankfully I still had my trusty Dowel Barn Door kite ready to go from the last session, so I attached the line and soon it was flying above my house.

I still had to do the yard work, though, so, judging the breeze to be pretty steady, I wrapped the winder around my mailbox and continued working. It flew like that for the next 30 minutes, only needing my attention a couple times during lulls to keep it off the neighbor's roof!

After I finished with the yard work, the breeze was still good, so I unwound the line from the mailbox and started letting out more line. Before long, all 380-ish feet of line was out. The breeze was very smooth and steady up there, even at times when it was nearly undetectable below tree level. It didn't ever pull hard to one side or the other as it sometimes does when the wind becomes too strong.

After awhile I brought the kite back down to earth. All in all, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable session!

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Nov 13, 2020
by: Dan P

The wind is certainly not normally that good at my house. I think that's the first time I've been able to launch it directly from my front yard and have a long flight. There's an open area nearby in the neighborhood where I normally launch.

Nov 12, 2020
by: Ian

You must have some clear air upwind from your house. Not many people are that lucky. My 2 skewer barndoor was always a gem to fly till I pulled it apart. I must make it usable again but it has to be foldable to carry by bicycle. Bit of a problem. Well done.

Nov 12, 2020
by: Boni

Haha! If I take the line reel in hand... My good will to work would disappear instantly...

It would very difficult to me to distract my attention from the kite that's flying... I'm not multitasking...


Happy flights!

Nov 11, 2020
by: Tim P.

Great story - glad you weren't caught out by those lulls :-| There's always an element of excitement when flying out of your own property - in suburbia!

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