Yesterday was a magnificent day. The sun was out and if you could get out of the breeze, it was quite warm. So, you can imagine we spent the majority of the day sitting in front of the RV, sheltered from the wind, basking in the sun. It was wonderful.
Our neighbours at the end of the block (Greg and Vanessa) who are also from Ontario, were celebrating that evening. It turns out it was Vanessa’s birthday and Greg had arranged to have a surprise dinner at Pirate’s Landing Restaurant. We were all to arrive around 5 P.M. and would sit at the “Big” table. They have a huge round table with a stuffed pirate hanging above the centre. Of course there is another, somewhat smaller table that spins, suspended above the main table. It is used to pass things back and forth to your table mates. It is required because this Big table seats 20. The meal was excellent and the birthday girls was surprised.
Now today, what a change in weather. Last night we drove home under a clear and starry night and a heavy thick fog rolled in soon after and it stayed all night. This morning was overcast and cool. We didn’t feel like getting out and doing anything special, but today is South Padre Islands Kitefest. We had to go.
We didn’t get out to the “flats” until later in the afternoon. The crowds that I expected weren’t there. I think, partly because it was so late in the afternoon and the weather wasn’t that great. I think if the sun had been out there would have been many more spectators.
We were able to park out on the flats and get a good place to park and see the action. The area for flying was divided into two. One side had all the kite flyers, in the kite circle they are called pilots. This side held the static kites anchored to a stake in the ground or to a car bumper. There were also the kites that danced around. On the other side of the field were the demonstration flyers. These were quite interesting to watch with the accompanying music. It looked like the kites were dancing to the music. I was able to capture some photographs, enjoy.