One sign posted on a highway in Hood River, Oregon, let us know we weren’t in Tennessee anymore. Representing a place for windsurfing, the sign symbolizes fun for many who love wind-and-water sports of all kinds, especially a sport new to us — “kiting.” We stood for two hours on the banks of a park in the Columbia River Gorge dedicated to just this sort of thing, marveling at how anyone can catch the wind, sail across choppy waters, and then perform feats we’d only seen on TV.
One “kiter” (about 60ish) told us, It’s an old man’s sport. But we still don’t believe him. Although there were a few seniors in the crowd, it was mostly young, able-bodied souls we saw gathered after work on a hot, hot day.
And it seems to be a true bonding experience for those who surf and share pointers and, at the end, help each other roll up their gear at sundown. A symbol for Oregon fun in the great outdoors.
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