Our 2012 Travels travel blog

Colorful Frog Kite

Kites Flying High




The Crow

More Kites

Definitely Not A Winter Rancher!

Donna Jenkins and Richard Beale

Donna, Mary, Sandi and Wilbur

Our bus and people that didn't want to get very far from...

More Interesting Kites and Banners

The puffer fish aren't flying

The Big Wheel

Grounded Puffer Fish

The Wheel is Up

Miriam and Al

Mary and Lee



The Spi-Quad Kites In Action

Cheryl and Tom Brockman

Horses on the Beach - Gulf Side

Lee Trying to Get the Dragon Kite To Fly

Lee's Stunt Kite Was Up Up And Away

Miriam Doing Some Shelling

Western Sandpiper

California Gull on Vacation

Lee Flying His Stunt Kite

Mirian and Al Heading to the Shrimp Haus

Still on our Way

And Yet

Still Walking

Lobby of Shrimp Haus

Lee and Miriam

Miriam and Al had an Oyster Basket

Movie Clips - Playback Requirements - Problems?

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Flying Ring

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Sandpiper In The Surf

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Gulf Surf

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Under The Sea

We'll add videos to this as soon as Lee is done with them!!!

We took off this morning about 9 AM with Al and Miriam Hight to attend the South Padre Kite Festival. I packed a lunch and kites and tons of warm clothing since the weather man said it would be in the 50's by 1 PM today.

The weather man was wrong and the weather was just about perfect for kite flying and it stayed nice right up until the time we decided to head home. Then we had rain but we had a perfect day! We both packed our lunches and ate while we watched the show.

A bunch of our friends from Winter Ranch took the bus over but we decided that we should go on our own because the bus gets there late and doesn't ever stay as long as we want. We also wanted to go over to the Gulf side of the island after the festival was over. The crowd today was something else. I think the kite festival has caught on in the past couple of years because there were a lot more people here than we've seen in the past. At first we thought we would be so far back that we wouldn't see anything, however, we sent Lee out scouting and then found seats that were almost front row.

The I-Quad team from Washington State was here again and we love to watch them fly. They also had two other team flyers, a local group called Team SPI (South Padre Island) and another team called End of the Line or (EOL). Then were were many solo fliers. One time SPI and I-Quad got together and did an impromptu presentation. It was exceptional seeing as they didn't even practice ahead of time!

After lunch, Lee and I went hunting for the rest of the Winter Ranch people that came on the bus. We found two groups of friends that had moved in to see the show. They had been to the kite festival before and knew what they would be missing.

The rest of the people were all sitting with the bus and they weren't even near the kite demonstrations. We talked to a few of them and told them they should get up and move but they were staying by the bus because they didn't want to get wet when the big storm started. We don't know if any of them moved, but from where they were sitting all they could see was the kites that are tied down that just float on the wind currents. If that is all they saw, they probably won't have much to say about the festival so we hope they moved! The sky did look threatening for awhile, but as the day progressed the clouds sort of flew over. I think we had four drops of rain while the demos were going on.

After we left the Kite Festival, we drove over to the beaches on the Gulf Side of the island. Miriam went shell hunting and Lee and I tried to get our kites going. He was able to get his stunt kite going and the wind was good so he kept it in the air pretty well. My dragon kite was another story. It just didn't want to fly today. It has been so long since we had it out, I think we were tying it wrong. While we were there a large group of people on horseback came down the dunes and trotted across the beach. When they were leaving they were on the dunes above the parking lot. Some jerk decided to turn his music up to fire alarm status and scared the horses. A lot of them started bucking and running into each other. The leader of the group came galloping down the dune and yelled at the guy in the car who was dumb enough to have left his door open. She told him that was an asshole thing to do and to shut that music off now. He did and as she was passing by his car, her horse got a few kicks in here and there! Can't say as we blamed her because some of those kids she was in charge of could have been seriously hurt!

When we were all tired of playing at the beach, we went out to eat at the Shrimp Haus on the east side of the south end of the island. Miriam and Al had Oyster Baskets and Lee and I had Shrimp Baskets. Both were just wonderful so we'll be back. Lee and I want to try their Coconut Shrimp. They have an All You Can Eat Coconut Shrimp Night on Tuesdays.

After dinner, we headed on home. It started raining just about the time we got to the truck and it rained on and off all the way back to Winter Ranch. It kept raining all night long and by morning the temperature had dropped to the mid-50's. Can't wait for it to warm up again!

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