17 April 2009

Channeling Orville and Wilbur

While in Cambria, the boys went for a ride on their bikes.  
Kris and I went for a walk.  They returned first and were
 locked out of the house.  Here's to creativity!

May 30, 1899 Orville wrote to the Smithsonian Institution 
and defined the elements of a flying machine as:

**Wings to provide lift
**A power source for propulsion
**A system of control

Isn't it astonishing that all these secrets have been
preserved for so many years just so we could
discover them!! 
~~Orville and Wilbur Wright

(Grandpa, we owe you some duct tape!)

If birds can glide for long periods of time, then...
why can't I?
~Orville and Wilbur Wright

(Grandma, we washed the tail of the kite.
Your dish towels.)

Then, they tried the box kite.
And still, a fourth kite.  Well, Ty's will be patented under
the name "Empty Garbage Bag Kite."  Look 
for it at WalMart.

Some years ago Kris and I visited Kitty Hawk
in North Carolina.  A simple, but most fascinating
place.  The birthplace of flight!


  1. How fun... my kids love making kites also. The beach is a perfect place to fly them.
    Looks like a fun inventive day-

  2. What a creative boy. Wonderful pictures, great memories for me.