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Old 03-04-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Hobbies on the Road

Many of us have hobbies other than Airstreams - hobbies that we take with us in our Airstreams (or will be taking in our Airstream in a couple of months)!

I enjoy building kites and flying them. It's tough to take the building part of the hobby on the road (rolls of fabric, tools, cutting/building table, sewing machine etc) But... I can take the kites with me and fly them while camping.

As a result of kite building I'm starting to even develop a little interest in quilting. I guess since I had to learn sewing to build kites, it was easy to get interested in it. As an architect, my architectural mind is also fascinated with the design and precision of some quilts that I've seen. I haven't done to much quilting yet. I don't know where I'm going to take it, but it sure is fascinating.

So... what do you like to do in your AS on a rainy day? (Or maybe a sunny day too!)
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:15 PM   #2
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I, among other things, have an interest in railroads, and when I was injured I turned my attention to the miniature ones. I have a small oval of track that I set up and let 'em run on the table.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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Kites

My wife Lynn and I are also kite fliers/makers. As a matter of fact, at this moment she is finishing up adding vents in two Revolution kites. We fly quad pairs and teams. In 2005 we entered two kites and one banner in three different catagories in the hand crafted competition at the Washington State Internation Kite Festival. Three first places. In 2007 we entered our first flying competition at the same event in the Senior Ballet. Another first place. We now check for places to fly wherever we are headed to Airstream events.

It is not uncommmon for quilters to turn to kite making and the reverse. The hand Crafted kite world is full of quilters. My wife quilts, but finds kites much more fun.

Here are some photos. That's me with the yello cap and Lynn next to me with no hat. The red, white and blue quad line kites are two of our own creations.

Warning... Just as Aluminumitis infects Airstreamers, Ripstopitis is just as, or more addictive. Kite flying/making has changed our lives more than anything except having children.
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:51 PM   #4
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Cool pics Jim! I havent been to WSIKF - I want to get up there sometime for it. Rod and I are going up to Fort Wordon next week though. We're looking forward to it.

I'm sure if we compare notes, we know a lot of people in common.

BTW, I used to judge kitebulding with AKA at their national festival.

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Old 03-04-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Brad's and my hobbies are vintage racing and Triumph cars, among others. That's why we had to get a moho! We have not had an opportunity yet to tow my racecar since we got the moho, but here's one from our trip to Penn. last summer for the Triumph convention:

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I am also attempting to learn the jaw harp (or Jew's Harp) while traveling, but not having much success (not a lot of traveling right now).

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Old 03-04-2008, 02:42 PM   #6
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:55 PM   #7
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Rocketry- low, mid, & high power.

Kinda hard to find good launch sites in campgrounds, but camping in launch fields in very easy!

I've got to three road trips planned this year. In April, I'll be launching with the kids at the NASCAR Victory Junction camp. June I'll be at Southern Thunder in Tennessee. July NYPower in New York.

Great fun & terrific accomadations!
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:01 PM   #8
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Spotting vintage/muscle cars and vintage trailers is high on my list. We also hit antique stores in the small towns, play cards at night, and read a lot. Snoozing is pretty high on my hobby list and the more I practice the better I get at it. We enjoy walking, and I tinker on the AS and the car (TV), until I break something and then I get to fix it .

Oh yeah, and for me it's coaching my DW on driving/towing techniques.

For her it's the art of duct taping a DH to his seat and covering all means of communicating without smothering (too hard to explain to the coronor).

I also like to pick up rocks. Just small guys, one or two from each place we've camped, which when home go into our creek out back. DW thinks I'm nuts so it's obviously working.....

I wonder sometimes why I'm still alive but so far she's been kind to me .

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Old 03-04-2008, 03:24 PM   #9
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...I also like to pick up rocks. Just small guys, one or two from each place we've camped, which when home go into our creek out back. DW thinks I'm nuts so it's obviously working.....
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I'd like to get back into flyfishing & tying flies more than I do now. Hopefully, once I start travelling with the trailer, I'll be able to do more.
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...I also like to pick up rocks. Just small guys, one or two from each place we've camped, which when home go into our creek out back. DW thinks I'm nuts so it's obviously working.....

Barry, I'm a rock pickerupper too, but have no creek out back to receive them. Big cobbles fit into garden beds and under pines and in water gardens, while littles go into pint jars with water (and a drop of bleach) to create memory-maker sun catchers on window sills. Small black cobbles get collected from all over and usually find themselves nested on shelves or around flowerpots. Sometimes small pieces of driftwood come home with us too, noted in a small spot where it was found. Jim and Jim, creating your own kites is fantastic. I'll admit to being a novice kiteflyer, loving to fly our long dragon kite over the harbor at Grand Marais, MN, but we do nothing compared to the complexity of your display. Wow! Collecting books about areas we are traveling through is another hobby of ours. I've learned so much about the land and history of the boreal woods regions, the Rockies, the gulf coast: things I'd never have read about if we hadn't gone there in our A/S, stayed a while, and explored.
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Street Rods and Ukeleles

Forgot to mention in the previous post that we are also into Street Rods and I play in our WBCCI unit's ukelele band.

Here is a photo of our '47 Chevy which I built myself in our garage. I did everything except the transmission, headliner and seats, myself. Always driven, never trailered anywhere. We have towed our Airstream 60,000 miles with it.
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