Thanks to Jim, who tickled my documenting funny bone
Below is a 'blurb' of what the 'past' events have been like, besides the standard, sometimes wind, sometimes not...
Last year the wind was GREAT! as I recall Perfect!
SO!.. What is the Squaw Valley event 'like'? Lets take a virtual tour!
You arrive at 'base-camp' and park at a Massive Parking lot (6000 ft) and carry your kites into a building that houses the launch/landing zone for the tram that takes us up several thousand feet, 8200, (high camp) if my memory servers correctly.
No cars, just what you can 'carry' for the day.
There are things to purchase at base camp, and high camp.
Including food and drinks. You may want to bring water and PLENTY of sunblock.
There is a nice view of Lake Tahoe, the pool, hot-tub, and covered iceskating Rink.
There is an Live Webcam at the Squaw Valley site if you want to check it out: http://www.squaw.com/high-camp-cam
PLENTY of hiking trials and places to fly.
There is a 'patch' of grass for the music listeners to sit, and/or byoc (Bring your own Chair)
The Flying area is a little rough, ie rocky, but not a problem for the experience flyer.
We (exhibitors) teach people to fly kites, single, dual and quad.
And of course, fly to music.
Hiking boots recommend.
The Kite Exhibitors need to RSVP, generally a month or so in advance, so the meals, box lunch and NICE dinner can be ordered accordingly.
Bottled water is provided during the day as well. (but I'd bring your own.. also!)
In the past, there has been small-kite making, face painting, etc.
It can be warm, or cold, or both, so dress accordingly, ie layers.
We don't normally get rained on, but it did happen a few years ago
And of course some of us flew in the rain anyway!
There is 'sometimes' a few small electric radio controlled planes (for entertainment, if the wind doesn't cooperate!)
AND There is generally a live band. Can't have a blues and kite festival without the BLUES!
First Tram goes up the hill at 9:20, and every 20 minutes.
The event 'officially starts' with Music about 11-ish, but we fly when we arrive (and wind permits)
Music generally ends 4:30-5pm and we generally eat dinner about 6pm.
We fly, teach people to fly and assist with their kites.
Note: There is a Fee to ride the tram, unless you RSVP with preregistration, then it is free for Kite Exhibitors.
I will let everyone know details about pre-registration when it becomes available.
AND.. We'll have Healthy Chocolate this year! Samples while they last, and 7 day gift packs available for sale. www.HealthyChocolateinReno.com
if you can't wait for Diabetic-friendly (low glycemic) Healthy Chocolate!
WHEW! Monster post/Info.
Did I mention it was a GREAT TIME!? We look SOOOOO FORWARD to this event EACH and every year, it is the highlight of the year!