Kite Festival 2010
Today was our neighborhood’s annual kite festival. It’s one of my favorite of the winter festivals and it at the lake that’s just a few blocks from our house. There’s something wonderfully crazy about saying to the elements, “all right, it’s cold – bitter cold – and so the lake is frozen solid. We could stay home and snuggle under blankeys, but instead, we’re going out and we’re going to celebrate that frozen lake and fly kites in the wintery wind!” (click on any of the pictures to see larger versions).
It was extremely cold this morning, but had warmed up to 0° F (that’s -18° C for my Celsius-loving friends) by the time we got to the lake early in the afternoon. Still, the extreme cold means that the sky is a very beautiful clear blue. Walking up we saw lots of people scattered across the ice and little brightly colored specs in the air, and one huge teddy bear kite.
This year, Chris’s dad picked up a kite for us to try to fly.
The have a warming tent on the ice too where kids can try ice fishing, and learn about the local fish in our lake.
Back on the shore, they had hot cocoa, hot cider, marshmallows for roasting, and horse-drawn wagon rides.
We really had a great time this year. I couldn’t stop looking back at all the kites. I just love the bright colors against the cold blues and whites that dominate the winter landscape.