Saturday, February 17, 2007
Color the Wind Kite Festival
Today was the annual "Color the Wind" kite festival over frozen Clear Lake. It was an almost perfect day for flying a kite. The temps were in the high teens, the sun was bright and the breeze was 'kickin. The only problem was the wind chill- which was in the single digits. There were many people out on the lake and along the "seawall". Kite flyers from all over the midwest were said to be in attendance.
There were a variety of colors and types of kites flying over the ice. Spinning kites; kites in the shape of fish and other animals and acrobatic kites were in abundance. Caitlin took her kite and added it to the mix. She was able to get the kite flying, but the breeze was too strong. It was hard to control and soon crashed to the ice, breaking her string. We noticed that most of the "professional" kite flyers had higher grades of string than what we had. Oh well, a good time was had by all, even though our time out on the ice was limited by the cold.
One of the advantages of living in a place like Clear Lake is that the town has quite a few of these types of activities planned throughout the year. There is a bandshell on the waterfront which hosts different types of concerts all summer long and the annual Christmas by the Lake weekend in early December has a lighted parade on Saturday night that is followed by fireworks over the ice. We enjoy the small town atmosphere and the many activities.