Spring is the season here in the greater DC area. It’s absolutely beautiful, and it makes up for the hideous, sweltering summers, and gray, wet winters. Too bad it’s so short. But today was beautiful. Brenda, Erin, Julian, and I went to DC to fly kites, along with a million of our closest friends. It was packed.
Here’s master kitesmith Gabe flying his kite. No, that’s not confetti in air. It’s kites. The sky was full of them. And I see the Washington monument behind him seems to be wearing an attractive skirt made of kennel wire. Nice. BTW, don’t forget, you can click to embiggen any picture on this blog.
Here’s Gabe’s kite in the air. It’s pretty cool looking. It’s a fighting kite, necessary here because wherever you fly, you run into other kites, resulting in Kite Wars!
Julian and I were flying the fish kite. Also very cool. Here’s Julian flying the kite. He did great!
Best thing to do when you find yourself beneath giant art things: play a little soccer. Here’s Julian and I kicking the ball around while the giant art just stands there.
We stopped at a little place near the ice rink for sandwiches, salad, etc. and ate outside. Pretty good. Here’s Brenda and Erin finishing up.
After lunch we walked around some then flew more kites. I think Gabe took this picture, walking backward, probably bumping into people.
Since we’re on the National Mall, of course we had to ride the carousel. The carousel was built in 1947, so it’s one of the few things on earth older than me. It has galloping horses four abreast, and a big sea dragon that was a little too big for Julian. The workmanship of the animals and trim is beautiful. It’s been a fixture on the National Mall as long as we’ve lived here, but it turns out it was only moved to the National Mall in 1981.
Here’s Erin watching her son on the carousel. Julian waved and said “hi” to every person he passed while riding the carousel. Even the surly, bored kids who ran the thing began to wave back and smile after the 15th or 20th time we went around. We had a great time.