Trinity Wind Fest Updated

By: GardenGrrl , 12:09 AM GMT on May 18, 2014

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As promised, am finally getting around to telling you all a bit about Dallas and some of the ways it is trying to re-invent itself. When I moved back here some seventeen or so years ago, I hated Dallas. It was a soul-less concrete vacuum of commerce. Nothing else. No art scene. Pretentious and materialistic. And worst of all I was stranded here.

Brought to you by the Girl Scouts and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge visionaries, I share with you The Trinity Wind Fest and the start of a soul for Dallas through the Trinity River Corridor Project.

The Girl Scouts put on a great happening with this years Kite Festival. Most of you have already seen this video of the two giant squid kites, but they are so cool it's worth leaving in the revised blog.

For those wondering, the kites are partially held aloft by a large rainbow para-sail kite tethered about 50 feet above them adding lift and stability. The kites are anchored by several lines to ground stakes and a mini-van.

Here is a link to the online Festival Flyer.

Wind Fest Link

The Trinity River flood way was designed early in the history of Dallas as an industrial section and both sides abutting the flood way were considered "the wrong side of the tracks" so to speak.

The area picked for the festival is perfect for flying kites. There is lots of parking available, albeit at the jail and court house lot. It's good to use this area for something positive. The flood way is a vast stretch of land and this area show cases the Commerce Avenue bridge, then walking under it there is a wide open area with a perfect view of the brand new beautiful and amazing Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge affectionately known as "Madge".

Roxie really enjoyed the dog friendly event as was quite happy to stop for everyone that said "OH cute, can I pet your dog?"

Here a man wrestles his kite into working order. The size of some of these kites are amazing.

By popular demand, a photo of the Red Squid which is about the size of Calpoppy's Mini Winnie.

Now may I present the Margaret Hunt Hill kite flying area.

For those interested, the MHH (Madge) is a Harp Style cable stayed bridge that is about 1306 feet long. It connects downtown Dallas to historically colorful West Dallas which in the 1920's was referred to as "The Devils Backyard". Up until a few years ago it was referred to as "The Hood". People have been buying up houses and old store fronts to revitalize them into maintained homes, some good restaurants....and ART spaces!

Singleton Ave which Madge connects to was the road Bonnie and Clyde would use as a get away route from the cops as the infamous couple sped away to the safety of Irving which was then a lawless sprawl of mesquite trees and cow pastures.

As you can see, this is where the heart of a city begins.

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43. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:04 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
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42. Ylee
2:15 AM GMT on June 06, 2014
Hope you've been doing fun stuff this weekend!
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41. sandiquiz
7:14 AM GMT on June 05, 2014
Yeah... It's the weekend.... is it?

Not seen you around so much this week, have you been busy?
I have managed to complete the first week of my course and it was "interesting" to say the least!
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40. WeatherWise
7:46 PM GMT on June 02, 2014

Hi GG, Hope your week is off to a good start! Happy June Days of Summer! I had three Stella de Oro Daylilies in bloom today! Should have zillions but last year right after I said that some critter came and ate all of the tender buds. I hope that does not happen this year. My daisies are slow to bloom. I have one that is trying to open with several that will be right behind it. I just love the daisies and day lilies of June!

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39. Ylee
7:42 PM GMT on June 02, 2014
Hi, GG, hoping your woerk week has been good to you!
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38. calpoppy
2:01 AM GMT on June 02, 2014
My Winnie is flying! I love the squid :))) Your collages are pretty darn cool too!!!
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37. WeatherWise
11:56 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
Hi GG! Hope you had a great weekend! Looks like summer temps have arrived for you! We have had a short break from the high temps. I am expecting bluebird babies any day now. Today was Day 10 since the 5th egg was laid on May 22. So any day now!
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36. BriarCraft
9:03 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
I read in Sandi's blog that you'll be over to pick me up after you snag Mike, and you'll drive us to all the Diners and Dives between here and Chelsea. Sounds great -- as long as you promise to stop at every photo op along the way.
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35. Thoughtsteader
3:44 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
I'd glanced at your photos (great!) but hadn't read your entry. It's neat that Dallas is starting to get with some new and different activities.

On Memorial Day weekend, there was kite-flying galore down at Galveston. There was so much sargassum coming in to the beaches that getting in the water didn't appeal to everyone, so the kites were a good second choice. It was perfect weather for kite-flying, too. A northwest wind put them out over the water, away from obstacles.

If you haven't seen it, Twisted Sifter had a piece on one of the greatest kite festivals ever, in India.
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34. palmettobug53
3:08 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
Hi, GG! White rabbits to you and yours.

Hope you're having a nice weekend. We got drenched yesterday. We needed it but we didn't need ankle deep water in the yard. We discovered we have a low spot along our frontage which is diverting water into our yard instead of flowing along the street to the storm drain.

I bet you a dime to a dollar that the verge was flattened by that newspaper carrier who was using our front yard to turn around in, before heading back down the street. We are on a dead end but there's driveways to use. The end of the street has plenty of room to circle your vehicle and get turned around, too.

I caught her one morning. It was sometime last year. Scared the heck out of me, 'cause I thought for sure that the car was going to hit the house! It was that far up into the yard. We called the office and complained but, of course, she denied, denied, denied. I think we have a new carrier now, as I now see a truck instead of that older model sedan.

We'd just not had a heavy enough rain for it to grab our attention before now. Guess who'll be out there with a hoe this afternoon, doing some chopping along the pavement?
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33. Proserpina
1:16 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
@Maria photo 20140530_7622June_zps39a99db8.jpg

Enjoyable blog beautifully illustrated with your super photos!
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32. BriarCraft
11:07 PM GMT on May 31, 2014

If the weather gizmo in the sidebar is any indication, I don't think you needed rain gear today. Even if you did get drenched by a thundershower, it is too danged hot to put on rain gear. Seems like a nice warm rain shower would be just the ticket to cool off a bit.

I hope you went somewhere photogenic and had your camera with you!

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31. GardenGrrl
1:45 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Good Morning, it's a bit overcast here but we bought some rain gear at Bass Pro last night so a "bit of rain" won't keep us from having fun outside this weekend.

Hi Sandi, yes it's the Pic Monkey collage. Funny thing is I bought some really nice Corel software over Christmas and it is much easier to muddle through than Photo Shop, but PicMonkey is so easy that I really haven't taken time to learn the new software.

Hi Ylee, yes it is good to get through Christmas and while it is still winter in your story summer should be quite pleasant.
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30. sandiquiz
10:25 AM GMT on May 30, 2014
Thanks for posting the kite festival, it looks like a great event
Like the way you presented them... was it PicMonkey collages?

Anything exciting on the books for tomorrow?
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29. Ylee
2:40 AM GMT on May 30, 2014
Working on Chapter 4 now; I'm just glad to get Christmas behind me, lol!
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28. clearlakemike
6:41 PM GMT on May 29, 2014
Great that you expanded this, GG. I drove through Dallas on one of my cross country trips back in the mid '70's. I remember seeing the skyline come up like a mirage after driving across the prairie. On my last trip across I bypassed Dallas some how. Can't remember now as it was about 20 years ago. I remember not wanting to get caught up in the traffic. When I went by in the '70s things were much calmer.

Looks like you had a lot of fun at the festival. I had previously thought the red squid kite was much smaller!! That size that you referred to makes it almost like a hot air balloon. That must have been amazing to watch!
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27. GardenGrrl
2:53 PM GMT on May 29, 2014
Oh goodness, lots of catching up to do here.

Hi Shirley, Abilene is up in the Panhandle area of Texas. Your friend will definitely find some changes moving there. One real pretty place nearby, (nearby in Texas is a hundred miles or so), is the Palo Duro Canyon. Well worth the road trip in the cooler months.

Hi Oz, yes, totally recommend you go check out your kite festival next year. They are lots of fun.

Hi Karen, a beach kite festival looks amazing. You are so fortunate to have all those fun events so near your home. It must be like always having vacation on the weekends. Okay, let's clarify, on the weekends you don't have house chores to take care of.

Hi Calpoppy, I'm sure the rain has past since you last comment, but very soon you get the whole family reunion showing up. Lot's to look forward to.

Hi Mike, you know back in China where kites were first invented, (they had silk line and string yet light silk cloth), kites were used for those sorts of things; sending messages, scaring armies, making ones big enough to fly a person so they could spy, kites were definitely the air drones of the pre-industrial era.

Hi Jane, oh kites off of Lake Michigan would be a site, especially with all the late left snow. Did you have all the floating lake ice like Superior did up in Duluth?

Hi Ylee, hope all that work gets you a nice nest egg. Or at least some gravel. I finally got a chance to read chapter three and am still very much engaged in Dak's story.

Hi Sandi, what a great car! Thank you :D I do believe that would be the ultimate in road trip vehicles to travel restaurants and botanical gardens.

Hi WTS, yes YAY for Friday. Now have so much to do to plan for this weekends adventures.

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26. WatchinTheSky
5:06 PM GMT on May 28, 2014
Yay for Friday!!
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25. GardenGrrl
10:06 AM GMT on May 28, 2014
Good Morning, it's my Friday!
Dang, have to make lunch etc etc will say more Howdy's tomorrow.
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24. Ylee
6:00 AM GMT on May 28, 2014
Zzzzzzzzz....... uh! Wha? Hi! :' )
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23. sandiquiz
2:05 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
I made a car bumper sticker for you.....

Full size in my blog:)
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22. Ylee
1:57 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hope your return to the Cave has been a good one! I may have six more days(well, one day and five nights) after today! :P Need some gravel for the driveway, though!
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21. palmettobug53
1:50 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Morning, GG!

As I was reading through the comments I thought of something to tell you. Or ask you. Now, I can't remember what it was!

Oh, well. It must not have been really important.

Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
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20. JanesVacation
9:08 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
The kite video doesn't show up on iPad, I'll try to look at it later. Grand Haven, Michigan had it's annual kite festival last weekend. It is a beautiful sight to see them against the backdrop of Lake Michigan. They fly them at the beach and the weather cooperated! Cute little dog you have, looks like it enjoys the good life!
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19. clearlakemike
5:41 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
lol...yes, we have kite flying here from the prison also, GG. G bought one to fly down at South Point where it is always windy. Of course, it is still in its original packing. Actually, it is so windy down there you would need to fly it with fishing line. If it snapped off it probably wouldn't make landfall again until Australia.

I like the red squid kite!! Looks like fun.

Btw, I use to fly myself on a windsurf board and sail off next to San Quentin, the notorious prison in San Francisco's north bay. You had to be careful on the tack back to shore. If you strayed onto the prison's shore the guards would come and escort you off.

Did anyone at your kite festival try and fly some contraband up over the prison walls? LOL
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18. calpoppy
10:19 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
We are getting T-storms, Yay!!!! But not any big ones for us yet, they are everywhere else though, LOL!
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17. SBKaren
11:25 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Those look like the same kinds of kites they have at our kite festival. There are so many it's amazing!

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16. ozgalah
11:08 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Hi GG just tube kites, the children would run around the school yard to keep them aloft but it kept them busy and active! We have a big kite fest here on the beach in January but I have never been maybe next year we should!
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15. WeatherWise
8:16 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Sounds like a fun outing! Can relate with the 300 some photos to go with! Thanks for sharing! Just stopped by for a quick look and say hi as WU is fairly unstable right now to prep a long comment only to lose. Have a great afternoon. Oh, I have a friend moving to Texas - Of course, Texas is so big. She is moving to Abilene as her husband took a position at McMurry University. Hope she will be okay as she has always lived close to home except for her college years. She is excited about the move. She flew down to get a house this past weekend and then back to finish her school year out here this week. She will be moving right afterwards. She is a teacher and already has a job for next fall down there.
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14. GardenGrrl
3:05 PM GMT on May 21, 2014
Good Morning, am just settling down to thirty minutes of blogging before I tackle my stack of kite photos.

Briar, I like your new blog. Also like the Times New Roman. Am going to have to find a fast way to do that. It is easier to read. I suppose because it is bolder and darker. That is much easier to see for those of us mature-er folks with cataracts kicking in.

Barb, went on your vacation over at your blog. Simply amazing. I like the idea of sending letters up to your dragons. That is something that would have really got my imagination going as a child if I thought about talking to my dragon kite.
Okay, grand parents, start getting the young 'uns to fly dragon kites and send them messages. Time to borrow a new tradition from Germany.

Sandi, totally agree about snap fasteners. With a wiggly squirmy critter why use anything else. That big piece kind of gets in the way but like you, this was the easyist to put on her.
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13. BriarCraft
6:55 AM GMT on May 21, 2014

Those are the coolest kites I've ever seen. Whodathunk to make octopus kites in the first place?

I'll be watching for some more cool kites in your photos, but I don't know if you can beat octopus kites.

Hey look! My i and l and I all look different now, don't they? It may be old fashioned, but I find Times New Roman a lot easier to read than NUWU's new font.

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12. barbamz
3:50 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
Wow, what an amazing show those two giant squid kites provide! And what a difference compared to the very simple ones we once released to sky from the stubble fields (right term?) in autumn, maybe 45 years ago. I remember we used to sent letters to our "dragons" (kites are called dragons - Drachen - in German) by setting papers onto the line which would be pushed upwards by the wind (haven't remember that for decades, lol).
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11. sandiquiz
1:55 PM GMT on May 20, 2014
The harness that Roxie is wearing is very similar to the one finally got for Max. It is a small dog harness, which had the body brace. I had to cut that off, as the straps fitted perfectly, but with the brace on, his poor head was held up aloft, as he couldn't get his chin down! It works fine, and the beauty of it is, the snap fasteners are much easier to undo on this harness than any of the numerous cat harnesses I tried!

Looking forward to the photos once you have finished at the bat cave!
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10. GardenGrrl
10:13 AM GMT on May 20, 2014
Good Morning, the wind really picked up yesterday evening and has stuck around through the night,

Hi Oz, what ever happened to home made kites and such? As kids we used to make them all the time. Have never tried using a bread bag. Did you make it like a tube kite or cut it into a traditional style?

Hi Calpoppy, isn't the red one neat? I have some great pics of it that I will post tomorrow. Roxie says thanks for the scritch and wants to play chase with TNT.
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9. calpoppy
5:11 PM GMT on May 19, 2014
I like the red squid! Kites always remind of the book "The Kite Flyer", where they had the kite fights. Good book, sad book, good movie, sad movie!!

Good Roxie weather in Dallas, and she should be petted by everyone :) Including me, give her a scratch behind the ear from me and TNT!
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8. ozgalah
11:03 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Roxie looks cute! I used to work in the local school when we were in the UK and I would make kites from the plastic bag the bread came in and string on windy days and the kids would have a great time.
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7. GardenGrrl
10:10 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Hi Sandi, oh my it was the most perfect weather. The venue was pretty neat too because you could see the Margaret Hunt Bridge, which will be in several photos.

hi Ylee, you are right, the squids where attached to staked lanyards attached to a mini-van. Roxie is wearing a harness. The little tugboat can pull like a St. Bernard if she only has the collar on.

Hi Bug, those paper kites were they best. Then came the "fancy" plastic ones that cost more.

Hi WTS, that Yeti sure has a good time. Did he come back surfing a top friendly dolphins?
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6. WatchinTheSky
4:05 AM GMT on May 19, 2014
Yeti tried kiting last week during Santa Ana, he almost ended up in Hawaii! Will have to see video at work Monday. Only 300 ;)
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5. palmettobug53
3:13 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
Hi, GG.

Cool kites! I haven't flown a kite in years upon years. Since I was a kid, really.

I can remember Mama buying us kite kits at the dime store and Dad putting them together. We'd go across the road to the elementary school yard and fly them.

They weren't fancy; just your basic kite. But it was fun.

I'll bet Roxie DID eat up all the attention! Who could resist that face?
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4. Ylee
1:59 PM GMT on May 18, 2014
They must've had the squids attached to a truck or something; I don't think that a person, or several persons, could hold something that big!

What that thing attached to Roxie at the collar? Does she think she's a St. Bernard? :' )

Have a good day at work!
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3. sandiquiz
11:45 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Glad you had fun.... that video shows it was perfect weather for kites.
Love the photo of Roxie.. and of course she is a star!
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2. GardenGrrl
10:12 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Good Morning Tony, you are 1st!

The kite fest was really fun. Am going to have to start making more use of the camera's video function for things like this. Roxie had the most fun I think. People kept stopping to pet her and she just ate it up.

Here is Roxie taking a shade break under the Commerce St. Bridge.

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1. plapman
12:32 AM GMT on May 18, 2014
Good evening GardenGrrl.
I love the kites.
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