Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Off To The Park

It's been breezy a couple of days, and I've been telling myself for a couple of MONTHS that I should go fly a kite. So I packed up a kite, sunscreened myself, and headed off for the Harry Griffen.

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I REALLY wish I had used a less-cluttered background!

Even though it was 93 degrees (Fahrenheit) out, I didn't have any problems getting there. Not too much traffic, and not really too hot, as long as you keep moving!

Of course, by the time I got to the park, the kite string had loosen itself and got tangled up. So THAT took a while to unsnarl.

Oh, and about half-way there I realized I forgot the stopper for the climber. What's a climber? It's a device that climbs the line as it is blown by the wind, when it reaches the stopper it folds up and returns to you. Mine will release a payload, like a parachute, when it reaches the top. Hopefully. If I had a parachute, too.

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So I used a strap to fasten some broken branches to the line as a stopper.

The tree must not have liked this, because after flying the big Neon Delta for about two minutes, the tree REACHED OUT and GRABBED the kite!

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Well, after much fiddling around, sawing back and forth, some branch-breaking, and eventually cutting (biting!) the string, I recovered the kite.

I was sitting on the ground, the MOIST ground, thinking about tying the string back together, when I noticed a depression in the grass. I stuck the end of the kite string holder in the depression. It was a hole under the grass. Oh, oh, says I, a gopher hole! That is what all these piles of dirt are! I pull the kite string holder back out. It has mud on the handle. For some unfathomable reason, I smell the mud. It is not mud. It is poop!! Aaaggrrhhhh!!! It touched me! I've got gopher (HOPEFULLY!) poop on me!

I clean it off, best I can, with water from my bottle. No soap, though.

I give up on nature, I'm going home.

NOTE TO SELF: Pack antibiotic soap in tool bag.

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