When they called to cancel (my appointment is now today at 4:00) and the wind began to change, I decided to go flying again. Two seconds out in the misty, rainy wind and my hair was a hot mess!! Visor time!! Of course once a visor, always a visor ...
After a terrible Chicken Carbonara Lean Cuisine lunch (my advice is don't buy that one), I headed out with my bag full of kites. THIS time I was smart enough to grab a large black marker and note which kite is which ... full sail, mid vent, full vent ... to I can choose depending on the wind and not get sand burns on my knees from being drug down the beach.
Even with the Shook kite, it was a little too windy yesterday. If the wind isn't steady and smooth, it's MUCH harder to fly. Most of the time it felt like a helicopter was overhead with gusts thrashing the kite right and left. I think I got flying upside down pretty good (for me anyway) turning to the left, but turning to the right was another story entirely.
How Joanna from the San Francisco area could just grab the handles, get the upside down kite to lift three feet off the ground and stay put while she walked fifty yards, is totally BEYOND me!! She did that last year at the kite festival. I'm in total AWE of that skill!!!
The beach has been really quiet. With wind whipping the sand around and a little rain, most people have stayed away. That's a good thing for a novice kite flyer!! At least I won't whack someone in the head.
On the way back from flying I stopped in at a car wash on Roosevelt. Do NOT go there. It did a really crappy job for my hard earned $10. There MUST be something better in town, I just haven't found it yet.
There are lots of interesting vehicles around here, including this one ... but I have no idea what it is. Yes, it's a pickup, but look at the size compared to the car next door. It almost looks like a Matchbox Car.
At any rate, I had been waiting all day for dinner. The anticipation of a beautiful piece of barbecued salmon ran through my head constantly. I couldn't wait to try my Nephew's recipe. It's pretty easy, spread out several pieces of heavy aluminum foil, plop the salmon skin side down on top and roll up the edges to keep the juices in. Then go to adding whatever spices flip your skirt.
Place the entire thing on the barbecue ... I cooked mine on low ... and 30 minutes later you have this. The cool thing is, the skin sticks to the foil perfectly ... making slicing and serving a breeze, to say nothing of the TASTE!!!
Throw a few asparagus into the handy dandy veggie bbq cooker and dinner is served!!! I did get a little concerned when I heard rain while everything was cooking, but apparently it didn't matter. The BEST part ..... no cemetery required!!!
I'll probably just hang out today, but it won't be quiet. Between the big barking dogs at the permanent site two rows behind me, followed by the two SMALL barking dogs one site down, the drills going constantly from Mr. Tweety Bird and the screaming kids on bicycles, it hasn't exactly been restful. Two of my neighbors left early shaking their heads. What can I say .... it's your typical Thousand Trails where there are lots of rules that NO one follows!!
I'll let you know how Jessie does .......