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A picturesque view of the deserted beach on Vlieland on the North Sea side.

.  I was so tired and the skies were very grey.  I tried to nap some while Rob chatted with other people.  There were tons of sail boats out that morning. It was a smooth ride across but, the lounge was so loud it was impossible to nap.

 

Once we reached Vlieland, we had to unload the equipment and put it on a wagon to go to the beach.  We thought there would be a horse drawn wagon to take us, but they have been banned on the island.  We were to take a bus.  We had just missed one and had to wait.  On the bus ride Rob tried practicing his Dutch with Jessica (jessica0606).  She giggled at him some, but he did give it a try.

Getting the hang of it!

 

When we reached the beach we checked the water and it was chilly, but not really cold.  I was surprised at how beautiful the dunes are on Vlieland. They are covered with brush and a golden sea grass.  They kite guys were finishing the set-up.  We started with the smaller kites and worked out way up to the bigger ones.  When I started, actually with a medium sized one, I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy this sport as I was only able to make it crashdive. So, Mike( globetrottingmike) went next and I watched what he was doing and how he was controlling it as he was a natural. After that, I was able to really make it stay up and do some tricks. This is fun! Wendy (Wendyveer) was running around taking action shots for everyone, so we could focus on kiting.  I was doing well and really enjoyed the activity.  I think that I’ve found a new hobby.

Kids playing in the water at lowtide.
We took a break for lunch and to rest for a few minutes. We had some sandwiches and pastries with soft drinks and wine to drink

 

After lunch, we tried the sails and the wheeled boards.  There wasn’t enough wind the wheels sank into the sand. That was disappointing. The guys told Rob they normally used them on asphalt and it worked much better.  Rob actually got the change to try the large kites.  He said the harness was like a girdle and couldn’t breathe. He had a lot of fun with them. He could really control the big one and then sometimes it controlled him.

 

When were done, we had to walk back to the bus stop. The view inland as we crest the dunes was scenic natural beauty. We arrived early for the ferry, so we had to wait for a little while.  While we were waiting I captured some amazing shots of the Wadden Sea at low tide. I captured a few children playing on the waterless ground. The ride back was nice and we had a change to chat with Ashish (ashishrb), Wendy, and Mike (globetrottingmike).

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A picturesque view of the deserted…
A picturesque view of the deserte…
Getting the hang of it!
Getting the hang of it!
Kids playing in the water at lowti…
Kids playing in the water at lowt…
We arrive at Vlieland
We arrive at Vlieland
the long line getting off the boat…
the long line getting off the boa…
Water view on the Wadden Sea side …
Water view on the Wadden Sea side…
Gathering our group together
Gathering our group together
a little lighthouse
a little lighthouse
Waling to the beach
Waling to the beach
dune grass
dune grass
A view down the beach
A view down the beach
The equipment arries
The equipment arries
Waves rolling in
Waves rolling in
Down the beach at the shoreline
Down the beach at the shoreline
Rob at the beach
Rob at the beach
Brian at the beach
Brian at the beach
Lets get started
Let's get started
Mike shwing us all how its done!
Mike shwing us all how it's done!
Look.....I can do it, too!
Look.....I can do it, too!
Holding on
Holding on
Thats really high
That's really high
Hold tight
Hold tight
Look, Rob can do it, too!
Look, Rob can do it, too!
My neck hurts!
My neck hurts!
Mastering .....and ready to move o…
Mastering .....and ready to move …
Ok....lets see how this works. Ou…
Ok....let's see how this works. O…
Look at all the kites....now we ar…
Look at all the kites....now we a…
Rob takes on the big one
Rob takes on the big one
Rob masters the big one....WOW
Rob masters the big one....WOW
Another beautiful dune picture
Another beautiful dune picture
Rob tries the red and black middle…
Rob tries the red and black middl…
A view inland ....very beautiful
A view inland ....very beautiful
Walking back to the bus
Walking back to the bus
Ok....wheres the bus!
Ok....where's the bus!
Back at the ferry...but the water …
Back at the ferry...but the water…
Vlieland
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